Maurizio Sarri set to be announced as Chelsea manager early next week

• Former Napoli manager will replace Antonio Conte
• Aleksandr Golovin and Alisson Becker are transfer targets

Chelsea finally hope to resolve their managerial situation in advance of the return of their non-World Cup players for pre-season training at the beginning of next week, with Maurizio Sarri set to replace Antonio Conte.

The club has been in a state of flux since the end of the season, with Conte expecting to be sacked and Sarri teed up as a replacement, only for talks over compensation to delay the process. There is now an acceptance at Chelsea that the process has to gather pace, with those first-team squad members not involved in Russia having been told to report back to Cobham on 9 July.

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