Date of publication: Tuesday, June 11, 2019, at 9:59
Chelsea are ready to talk to Newcastle United coach Rafa Benitez about the possibility of replacing Maurizio Sarri as their new coach.
Sarri secured the Champions League standings by finishing third in the Premier League and then winning the Europa League but it has been a difficult debut season that saw their methods criticized.
Juventus is looking for a successor to Massimiliano Allegri and it has been alleged that Sarri spoke to Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia in recent weeks during which he said he wanted to return to Italy..
Meanwhile, Benitez's future remains in the air while owner Mike Ashley has not yet finalized the sale of Newcastle with the Spanish contract until this summer.
And Italian publication Tuttosport (by Sport Witness) states that a meeting is "imminent" between Chelsea and Benitez, which could see Sarri move to Juventus earlier than expected.
It would be a controversial move for some Chelsea supporters who did not welcome him during his interim at Stamford Bridge years ago following a series of disagreements when he was in charge of Liverpool.
Tuttosport But I believe it is possible, and that he is one of several options that the club is considering in an effort to align a substitute for Sarri.