Chelsea transfer news: Maurizio Sarri recruiting backroom staff, two targets eyed | Football | Sport

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Antonio Conte is yet to be relieved of his duties but is expected to be moved on in order for Sarri to take the reigns.

Sarri has already been replaced by Carlo Ancelotti at Napoli and is now being lined up for his first job in England.

According to the Daily Mail, Sarri wants Giovanni Martusciello of Inter Milan to join his coaching staff.

Martusciello, who worked under Sarri during their time together at Empoli, has been alongside Luciano Spalletti at Inter and has a reputation for helping to bring youth through the team.

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They claim Gianfranco Zola is already lined up for a return role under the 59-year-old.

With Sarri’s backroom staff beginning to take shape, the Daily Mail claim he is keen to stick to his Serie A roots when it comes to player recruitment too.

Inter star Matias Vecino and Napoli’s Jose Maria Callejon are his priority transfer targets.

Midfielder, Vecino is currently at the World Cup with Uruguay, while Spanish striker Callejon enjoyed a successful season at Napoli last term.

Callejon netted 10 goals and provided 15 assists as they chased Juventus for the Serie A title and Sarri is well aware of Chelsea’s need for an experienced striker.

Having lost Diego Costa last season, Alvaro Morata struggled to meet expectations and reports already suggest he could be on the move again this summer.

Callejon is a graduate of Real Madrid’s youth academy and returned to the club in 2011 before signing for Napoli two years later.

In the race to sign Vecino, Chelsea face competition from London rivals Tottenham with Mauricio Pochettino keen on strengthening his midfield.



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