However, it is believed Chelsea will need to stump up £16million to replace Conte with Sarri – a £9m pay-off to end Conte’s contract early and £7m for Sarri’s release clause, according to the Daily Mail.
The 59-year old has helped Napoli mount a serious challenge to Juventus’s long-standing dominance of Serie A this season, though they currently trail them by four points with seven matches left.
Their attacking approach has proven exciting to watch this season and would certainly be appreciated at Stamford Bridge.
The £7m release clause in Sarri’s contract is only valid until May 31 but talks over a new contract have stalled in recent weeks.
Sarri is reportedly unwilling to make any decision over his future until after Napoli’s trip to Juventus in the likely title decider next weekend.
Luis Enrique, the former Barcelona coach currently out of a job, is another candidate for the Chelsea job