Antonio Conte has been sacked by Chelsea

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Cesc Fabregas sent a heartfelt message to Antonio Conte after it emerged the Chelsea boss had been sacked by the Blues.

It is a surprise that it has taken so long for any news to break on Chelsea's new manager.

Former Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri is expected to be announced as Conte's replacement, though Chelsea are yet to officially confirm his departure.

The BBC said the 48-year-old Italian's two-year reign - which brought league success in 2017 and the FA Cup last season - was ending although they added Chelsea would not comment.

His three years at Napoli saw him develop one of the most thrilling sides in Europe.

He still had a year to run on a £9m-a-season deal, renegotiated last summer in the wake of the league championship triumph, and will be due a hefty payoff. He was eventually replaced by Carlo Ancelotti on May 23 after speculation that Sarri's buyout clause would be activated by another club.

Tribal Football citing the Mirror claims the Stamford Bridge outfit might be forced to sell their record signing having failed to impress in his first season at the club.

Jorginho is unlikely to be the only new arrival at Stamford Bridge and another of Sarri's former players at Napoli has been linked: Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain.

It appears Chelsea have finally found a solution by agreeing to pay £50 million, ($NZ97 million) plus £7m in bonuses, to take both Sarri and Jorginho, who remains a target for Manchester City.

One player that Sarri hasn't worked with but who has been linked with a move to Chelsea is Russian star Alexandr Golovin off the back of an excellent European campaign last season followed by an exceptional World Cup for the hosts. And now as things stand, they are of the thought that Napoli are using the midfielder to ease Sarri's move to Chelsea.

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