The Chelsea fans in the Transfer Tavern are hoping for a swift update regarding Antonio Conte’s future at the club now that the season has reached its conclusion.
Our resident Blues faithful were celebrating in the tavern over the course of the weekend after their side added a silver lining to their disappointing campaign by lifting the FA Cup with a 1-0 victory over Manchester United at Wembley. The victory could well represent Antonio Conte’s final contribution to the club after just two years at Stamford Bridge despite the fact he has won trophies in back-to-back seasons.
One manager who has been widely tipped to replace Conte at the helm is Napoli’s Maurizio Sarri, and recent reports from the Daily Mirror have served to intensify those rumours. According to the report, Napoli’s president Aurelio De Laurentiis has claimed that discussions regarding a new contract between Sarri and the club have broken down, thus paving the way for Chelsea to make an approach.
If Roman Abramovich continues to follow club tradition by replacing Conte with Sarri this summer, he should ensure that the mastermind behind Napoli’s title-bid last season can convince Kalidou Koulibaly to join him at Stamford Bridge. Koulibaly’s performances at centre-back played an instrumental role in Napoli’s battle with Juventus for the Serie A title as he consistently displayed a level of solidity and awareness which very few defenders can match in European football.
With Gary Cahil struggling for form and set to turn 33 this year, the coming transfer window represents an appropriate time for Chelsea to replace him, and Koulibaly is a perfect candidate to succeed the England international. Sarri’s influence could prove to be a decisive factor in the future of the Senegal international, and if he does eventually replace Conte this summer he should ensure that signing Koulibaly is at the top of his priority list for the transfer window.
Koulibaly only cost the Italian side £6.98 million when they signed him from Genk in 2014, but it’s likely the Blues will have to pay almost ten times that to secure his signature, however, it’s a price worth paying if the club wish to challenge Man City for the Premier League title next season.
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