ROMA want Maurizio Sarri to be their next manager – and it could save Chelsea a fortune.
The Italian outfit are said to be looking for a new boss to replace former Leicester chief Claudio Ranieri at the end of the season.
However, Roma are also interested in ex-Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, say Corriere Dello Sport.
Conte, who has not been in charge of a club since being axed by the Blues in July last year after two years in charge, was the initial favourite.
But director Franco Baldini now sees under-fire Sarri as the ideal appointment.
And that could be good news for Blues chiefs IF they sack Sarri and he has the same severance terms as Conte did.
The former Juventus chief has been involved in a legal battle with Chelsea to get his £9million payoff in full.
Chelsea – who say they should not have to pay Conte because of how he dealt with Diego Costa – have been paying Conte because he has not found further employment.
The Stamford Bridge side could avoid another drawn out severance claim if Sarri walks into another job right away.
Chelsea have forked out more than £70m in compensation to nine managers in Roman Abramovich’s 16 years in charge, without any legal disputes.
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Current boss Niko Kovac has endured a difficult first season in charge at the Allianz Arena.
Although his side now finally sit top of the Bundesliga, an early Champions League exit to Liverpool does not match the club’s ambitions.
With Conte, 49, unattached and therefore available, Bayern may take their chance to land the three-time Serie A winner.
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