Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

JUVE WON'T BE PUT OFF BY PS5m FEE FOR SARRI; CHELSEA WILL LET COACH LEAVE IF REMAINDER OF HIS CONTRACT IS PAID UP... AND ITALIANS ARE HAPPY TO DO SO

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

JUVE WON'T BE PUT OFF BY PS5m FEE FOR SARRI; CHELSEA WILL LET COACH LEAVE IF REMAINDER OF HIS CONTRACT IS PAID UP... AND ITALIANS ARE HAPPY TO DO SO

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Byline: Simon Johnson

JUVENTUS are still keen on the idea of making Maurizio Sarri their new head coach, despite Chelsea demanding a PS5million fee in compensation.

Sarri is one of the main contenders to succeed Massimiliano Allegri, who is leaving this summer.

The 60-year-old still has one year left on his contract at Stamford Bridge, with an option for another 12 months, but Juventus believe he would consider a return to Italy.

As reported yesterday, the Serie A champions will not think about making a formal approach until after Chelsea play Arsenal in the Europa League Final next Wednesday.

Chelsea came close to sacking Sarri earlier in the campaign but sources within the club say there is no longer a desire to get rid of him after they finished third in the Premier League.

However, it is understood Chelsea will not stand in his way if he wants to quit now for another post on the proviso that PS5m is paid, which is the salary owing on his contract. It is believed Chelsea's demand will not be a stumbling block for Juventus.

Sarri did little to end the speculation over his future at a press conference yesterday, saying he wants to speak to club chiefs after the Arsenal game.

He was also furious at the suggestion that keeping his Chelsea job depended on beating Unai Emery's side in Baku. Sarri said: "If the situation is like this, I want to go immediately. You cannot do 10 months of work and then I have to play everything in 90 minutes? It's not right. You're either happy about my work or you're not happy."

All the talk over Sarri's position means Chelsea's preparation for the showdown in Azerbaijan is far from ideal. Jorginho, who was signed from Sarri's former club, Napoli, for PS57.4m last year, believes the Chelsea coach deserves to remain in the post.

He said: "I'd be surprised if he left because we are third in the Premier League, we're in the Europa League Final and reached the EFL Cup Final. …

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