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The Blues are now expected to appoint Sarri, who recently left Napoli, which led to a contract wrangle with the Italian club, although the saga is nearing a conclusion.

Former Napoli head coach Maurizio Sarri is the favourite to take over, with the club's top-flight opener a little over four weeks away.

Chelsea have officially parted company with Antonio Conte, and the statement about his departure is truly embarrassing considering his stint at Stamford Bridge.

The club have refused to comment on the status of the 48-year-old, who won the Premier League title in his first season and the FA Cup in May.

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"We wish Antonio every success in his future career", the statement read.

During three years with Napoli, Sarri has not won a major honour but has guided the club to finishes of second, third and second again - behind Juventus in 2017-18.

Antonio Conte's sacking at Chelsea, to be replaced by Maurizio Sarri, has been formalised finally.

Winning the FA Cup against former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho's Manchester United in May was scant consolation to finishing 30 points behind champions Manchester City in the league.

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Conte's position has been under scrutiny since the middle of last season when relations with the board became strained amid a feeble title defence.

Conte's volcanic intensity also alienated some insiders, including leading players whose discontent filtered out. All managers at Chelsea know that trophies but sometimes even that isn't enough as some have found out to their cost but ine thing we do know is that Sarri will do it his way, or the highway.

When Carlo Ancelotti was offloaded after two years in May 2011, despite winning the league and cup double in his maiden campaign, Chelsea recognised his "contribution and achievements" and welcomed him back to the club with open arms.

Assuming both deals get over the line, Jorginho and Sarri should be at Chelsea by this weekend at a total cost of around €65m to secure both signings.

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