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Reports: Chelsea agree to release Maurizio Sarri (UPDATED)

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Assuming he’ll be heading back to Italy, right?

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If anything, it seems as though the meeting between Chelsea and Maurizio Sarri’s agent won’t take as long as to determine his client’s future as it did with Max Allegri and Andrea Agnelli.

According to the man who apparently has the in on all things Sarri, SportItalia’s Alfredo Pedulla, Fali Ramadani has arrived and now departed London, with the representative’s meeting with Chelsea management over in less than a day. The end result is, according to Pedulla, the one the majority of people thought would happen: Chelsea and Sarri agreeing to part ways, with the 60-year-old manager’s landing spot all but certainly in Italy.

UPDATE: Just after this post originally going live, reports from other Italian media outlets like Sky Sport Italia’s Gianluca Di Marzio and Romeo Agresti of Goal both confirmed what Pedulla first reported an hour or two earlier regarding Sarri’s status at Chelsea and potential — is it now expected? — move to Turin to become Juventus’ next manager.

Reports from Italy suggest that Sarri could very well arrive in Turin as early as this weekend.

This is, obviously, not the official word that something will happen with Sarri. There, of course, is still the compensation aspect to work out, something that has been rumored to be around the £5 or £6 million range based on initial reporting.

The next step, as you can probably figure out, is to see where Sarri goes.

As the reported leader in the black and white clubhouse, many believe that once Sarri is OFFICIALLY released from his Chelsea managerial duties that he will be making his way back to Italy, stopping by in Turin and agreeing to a contract with the eight-time defending Italian champions. Just as the rumors of somebody like Simone Inzaghi succeeding Allegri on the Juve sidelines have cooled, the opposite has been the case when it comes to linking Sarri and Juventus together.

The first thing that needs to happen, though, is that Sarri needs to be available. And we’ve gotten word that it could very well be happening from a guy who has been a Sarri news source for the better part of the last 12 months. (Some of the other things haven’t quite hit, but who am I to judge?)