There are various reports in the papers that Maurizio Sarri will soon become the Chelsea manager with Napoli already announcing their new manager will be Carlo Ancelotti.
But it’s still a bit messy with Napoli saying that Chelsea would owe them £4.5M if Sarri is appointed before July 1st and there’s no agreement yet on what compensation Napoli will receive from Chelsea for Sarri.
Since current manager Antonio Conte still has one year to run on his contract at the Blues he will also need to be compensated by the London club.
Kenedy with Rafa Benitez during West Brom game
It’s all messy and very expensive for the Blues.
The Express are reporting in an exclusive that Sarri has a number of players he wants brought into Chelsea this summer.
Here’s a price from the Express report:
“Sarri though is poised to go back and raid his old club for at least two players, with Napoli striker Dries Mertens, who would cost around £28M top of the list of strikers he wants, Chelsea having cooled their interest in Juventus hitman Gonzalo Higuain due to a £60M price tag.”
“Sarri also wants Napoli right-back Elseid Hysaj, who would cost around £23M, Juventus center-back Daniele Rugani, at around £20M, Inter Milan’s Uruguayan midfielder Matias Vecino at £19M, Nice midfielder Jean Seri for £28M, and maybe even Napoli winger Jose Maria Callejon.”
“Although last night they looked set to miss out to
NewcastleAC Milan on that move.”
Chelsea will need to sell some players to help fund those coming in so it looks almost certain the Blues will sell Kenedy.
Rafa would love to have Kenedy at the club permanently.
So we’ll have to see if Ashley has gained any passion and ambition for the club in the last couple of years since Rafa joined.
But we are not holding our breath.
Kenedy at £20M would be a great buy for us unless Mike Ashley keeps shying away from spending big money to help Rafa build a top team on Tyneside.
He’s not being asked to put his own money into the club but simply allow Rafa to use what’s available for transfers and that’s a lot more money than has been published so far in the local press.
Ashley’s playing with fire too – because surely at some point the manager will get sick of spending so much of his energy on persuading Ashley how he can be the owner of a top club in Europe.
He doesn’t seem to want that.
But Rafa wants to be a manager of a top club in Europe – that’s why he joined Newcastle in the first place and even agreed to stay down in the Championship with us.
He deserves to be fully backed by the club.