It wasn’t long ago that Maurizio Sarri was watching his Chelsea squad demolish city rival Arsenal on their way to lifting the Europa League trophy. Secondary tournament as compared to the Champions League, but it is a trophy — and it’s one that clearly made some people happy regardless of what it is in the scope of European football.
But with the end of Chelsea’s season means the speculation surrounding Sarri’s future is kicked into overdrive. Yes, more than it has been in the days following Max Allegri’s decision to step down as Juventus’ manager a couple of weeks ago.
The latest comes from Sky Sport’s Gianluca Di Marzio, Tuttosport and a handful of other Italian media outlets, with pretty much everybody reporting that Sarri’s agent, Fali Ramadani, has headed over from Milan to London to discuss his client’s future at Stamford Bridge. While we don’t know exactly what Sarri’s future may hold following the Europa League win — even though it’s always leaned to the way of him leaving — the tone that Di Marzio takes in his report takes is one that says that Ramadani is in London with the goal of “accomplishing the task of coming to an agreement on an exit strategy that will please both parties.”
So, we had #MeetingWatch when Allegri and Andrea Agnelli were determining Max’s future at Juventus a couple of weeks ago. And, by the looks of it, we’ll be on #MeetingWatch again to see whether or not Sarri suddenly becomes unemployed and freed up to make a return to Italy. (As a manager, not on any kind of vacation, obviously.)
While it may seem rather simple that if Juventus really are eyeing up Sarri as their top choice to replace Allegri that this would be an easy kind of negotiation with both the manager himself and then Chelsea. But, the relatively simple is not always simple — and Sarri’s lengthy summer in limbo before he traded in Napoli blue for Chelsea blue is just the prime example of that.
But as our friends at We Ain’t Got No History point out, Chelsea have been very clear when it comes to any potential courting of Sarri. They aren’t going just going to straight up sack Sarri and let him stroll on over to Juve’s open arms if the Italian champions are indeed just waiting for the green light. Juve will have to pay if they want Sarri, and that’s something that will obviously leave the club’s bank account more than just a couple of million euros lighter.