JUST IN: Antonio Conte's replacement to meet with Chelsea today

Chelsea find the man to replace Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea find the man to replace Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge

Azzurri president Aurelio De Laurentiis had earlier thanked Sarri, 59, for his achievements in Naples.

If Chelsea fire the Italian, they will have to pay £9.6million for the final year of his contract or until he gets another job.

Despite no official announcement being made on Conte's future at Chelsea, fans of the club were quick with their welcome messages to Sarri. Their last league title success was in 1990. His team play an aesthetically pleasing style of football nicknamed "Sarri Ball, " and his side were bitterly unlucky not to end Juve's stranglehold on the Serie A title this year having amassed 91 league points.

Sarri is reportedly unimpressed with an offer he has received from Zenit, while Chelsea are allegedly mulling over their options because Antonio Conte will not resign and his FA Cup victory has owner Roman Abramovich reconsidering firing him.

Following Sunday's 2-1 home victory over Crotone, which saw Napoli end the season with 91 points, Sarri told La Gazzetta dello Sport: "Everything in life ends and it is better to finish things after writing a attractive story".

"We have not reached the target, but the journey has been fantastic".

"I don't know if the club will manage to keep the players who have release clauses when offers will come in from big clubs".

FC Zenit Saint Petersburg are still in pole position to secure the services of Sarri but the Blues are monitoring the situation.

Sarri's exit leaves him free to move to the former Premier League champions.

Ancelotti had been linked with the Italy coaching job before Mancini's appointment.

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