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