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Maurizio Sarri’s agents in London to finalise Chelsea FC move

GETTYChelsea news Antonio Conte's future at Stamford Bridge is uncertain

Antonio Conte is to be sacked as Chelsea manager within days and former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri installed as his replacement according to British media reports on Thursday.

The 59-year-old is widely expected to take over from Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge imminently, with the Blues now trying to negotiate compensation packages for both managers.

Now, Sarri looks set to try his luck after telling friends that he wants to take Mertens with him to Chelsea.

Sarri particularly wants to recruit a new midfielder and was impressed with Vecino's performances last season in Serie A, with the Uruguayan's passing and energy a ideal fit.

Sky Sports News reported on Tuesday that Sarri's agent is in London to finalise his move to Stamford Bridge as the Blues prepare for a changing of the guard.

Mertens is reportedly viewed by the Italian as an ideal player to line up on the right of a front three despite having played centrally during his time at Napoli.

The Blues are in a spot of bother over the future of Willian, who has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United.

His exploits over the last couple of seasons also make him a possible option as the focal point of attack, potentially making him an attractive short-term solution.

The 22-year-old is now a vital part of the CSKA starting eleven and has been one of the stars of the World Cup so far after putting in a superb goal-scoring performance during Russia's opening 5-0 victory over Saudi Arabia last week.

In each of his two summers in charge, Conte tried to convince Chelsea to sign Belgium forward Dries Mertens.