Juventus has agreed to buy out the remaining two years of Maurizio Sarri’s contract with Chelsea for a whooping £7 million. With this settlement, Sarri can now finally leave Chelsea to join the Italian club as coach.
His bizarre one-season stint as head coach came to an end when the Italian champions agreed to buy out the final two years of his deal.
Juve director, Fabio Paratici was forced to fly to London to stump up extra dosh after Chelsea dug their heels in and refused to let Sarri go on the cheap.
He still has two years left on his £5m a year contract and Stamford Bridge transfer chief Marina Granovskaia was holding out for the full amount.
A compromise was agreed during a late night meeting between the pair and Sarri is now on his way back home after just 11 months as a Premier League manager.
That leaves the way clear for Chelsea to step up their pursuit of a successor and Championship Derby County are braced for an official approach for their manager and former Blues midfielder Frank Lampard to take over.
Lampard is the fans’ favourite as the club’s all-time record goalscorer.
He is relatively inexperienced after just one season in management although he did get the Rams to the Play-Off final.
By Oluwatoyin Adeleye