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Juventus agree deal with Chelsea for Sarri

By AAP Newswire

Juventus have reached an agreement in principle with Chelsea over a deal for manager Maurizio Sarri to join the Italian champions, according to Sky Italia and the BBC on Thursday.

There has been no official confirmation of the agreement from either club but Sarri, who won the Europa League with Chelsea last month, is expected to sign a three-year contract.

Juve manager Massimiliano Allegri left the Turin club at the end of the season but Premier League Chelsea wanted compensation for releasing Sarri to cover the final year of his contract.

According to Sky and the BBC, the clubs agreed a five million pounds (A$9.2 million) compensation settlement and Sarri could be unveiled as Juventus coach as early as Friday.

The 60-year-old arrived from Napoli in July 2018, replacing fellow Italian Antonio Conte, and led Chelsea to third place in the league to secure a Champions league spot.

Chelsea also reached the Carabao Cup final, but lost to Manchester City in a match overshadowed by goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga refusing to be substituted before the penalty shoot-out.

The Blues wrapped up their season by winning the Europa League by beating Arsenal 4-1 in Baku, but fans were still not convinced by his style of play.

Former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard, who led Derby to the Championship play-off final in his first season as a manager, is favourite to land the role.

Should he get the job, the 40-year-old would become Chelsea's first permanent English manager in 23 years.