Chelsea facing transfer blow as Maurizio Sarri ‘in talks’ over return to management
It all ended in tears for Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea and Juventus.
The Italian delivered Europa League glory at Stamford Bridge but was always on the hot seat and never won over fans before leaving to return to Italy in 2019.
After just one season at Juventus, he was sacked following Champions League failure and the 62-year-old has remained out of a job ever since.
Yet he could now be set to return to Napoli, the club where he made his name between 2015 and 2018 before heading to the Premier League.
According to multiple reports in Italy, Sarri could be in line to replace struggling Gennaro Gattuso at the club.
Rai Sport claim he has already communicated with president Aurelio De Laurentiis by phone and they are keen to bring him back.
And Sarri’s return could have a knock-on effect at Chelsea with Jorginho primed to follow him back to Naples.
Sarri was the man who signed Jorginho at Chelsea, handing him a crucial role in his side.
But he has remained an ever-present with a big part to play under successors Frank Lampard and Thomas Tuchel.
Jorginho’s agent, however, Joao Santos, has always hinted Jorginho could reunite with Sarri one day and he has now told Radio Kiss Kiss that joining him at Napoli would be a “wonderful idea”.
“Sarri at Napoli with Jorginho is a wonderful idea,” he said (via Football-Italia ). “The player has two-and-a-half years left on his contract with Chelsea and an important salary.
“It’s possible on a football level, certainly. We’d have to see what De Laurentiis thinks. Naples is a city that Jorginho loves very much, which marked an important part of his career.
“Sarri is also an important coach for him, at which he expressed himself at the highest level.”
Jorginho has started seven of Thomas Tuchel’s nine Premier League games since taking over from Frank Lampard and his departure would be a blow to his plans.
But the 29-year-old has a strong relationship with Sarri and the chance to join him back in Italy may be too good to turn down.