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Napoli finally agree to let Maurizio Sarri join Chelsea but insist on gentlemans agreement over transfers

Napoli finally allow Maurizio Sarri to join Chelsea but insist on crazy transfer clause
The Italian coach had wanted as many as four of his old Napoli players (Picture: DPPI Media)

Napoli have finally relented and will allow Maurizio Sarri to join Chelsea but only if the west London club agree not to poach any of their players, according to reports in Italy.

Chelsea have been at loggerheads with notoriously stubborn Napoli chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis, who is believed to have been demanding as much as €8million (£6.9m) in compensation.

However, the Blues were reluctant to pay so much for Sarri as they face a £9m bill for paying off the final year of Antonio Contes contract.

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - MAY 13: Antonio Conte, Manager of Chelsea looks on during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Chelsea at St. James Park on May 13, 2018 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
Chelsea had hoped Conte would find a new job so they could avoid paying compensation (Getty)

But now Sport Italia claim a breakthrough has been found and an announcement could be imminent after Chelsea agreed to a rather unusual clause.

De Laurentiis is concerned about the prospect of Sarri signing many of Napolis best players, aware that the likes of Elseid Hysaj, Raul Abiol and Piotr Zielinski all have relatively modest release clauses in their contract.

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All three are happy and settled in Napoli, and would be key players under Carlo Ancelotti next season, but would be prepared to leave Naples to join their old boss Sarri in the Premier League.

As such, Napoli have asked Chelsea to enter into a gentlemans agreement that they will not sign any of those players or centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly, who does not have a release clause.

Napoli finally allow Maurizio Sarri to join Chelsea but insist on crazy transfer clause
Sarri will have to bring his distinctive style of football to Chelsea without any of his old players (Getty)

Hysaj has a release clause of £44m, Zielinskis is set at £56m and Albiol is available for just £5m.

Despite negotiating for weeks with Chelsea over a fee for Sarri, De Laurentiis will only ask for a nominal sum if the Blues agree not to poach any of their players this summer.

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