Though Antonio Conte has proven to be a very popular figure amongst the Chelsea fans here in the Transfer Tavern since his arrival in the summer of 2016, it’s hard to see the fiery Italian remaining in charge at Stamford Bridge. After so much talk about his future, the Blues in our bar just can’t see him sticking around long-term.
With that in mind, attentions have naturally turned to potential replacements. Former Barcelona manager Luis Enrique has strongly been linked with a move to west London, though perhaps the Spaniard wouldn’t be the best fit in SW6. While he has drawn obvious comparisons with Pep Guardiola – having played with him at Barcelona before also managing the Blaugrana – Roman Abramovich should make a move for Napoli boss, Maurizio Sarri.
Abramovich is previously thought to have been ‘obsessed’ with bringing Guardiola to Stamford Bridge, though that now looks all but impossible. The Spaniard is quite clearly building something special with Manchester City and prizing him away would perhaps be the hardest task in world football right now.
So, Sarri is the natural alternative. The Italian has Napoli closing in on their first Serie A title since the glory days of Diego Maradona, playing one of the most attractive brands of football in Europe. Strongly complimented by Guardiola prior to their Champions League meeting, Sarri really has created something special.
Touted as a potential option for Chelsea before, it makes total sense.
His stunning work in creating a wonderfully fluid frontline while making the most out of talents such as Dries Mertens, Lorenzo Insigne and Jose Callejon would suggest Sarri is the man to get the best out of Eden Hazard, Willian and Pedro, especially considering the relative struggles of Alvaro Morata this season.
A hugely exciting manager, Sarri would be a wonderful addition to the Premier League, should Conte depart.