Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri forerunner for Roma job with first choice Antonio Conte on his way to Inter Milan
- Maurizio Sarri is the manager of Chelsea, but has had a disappointing season
- He was able to leave Stamford Bridge and come back to the Serie A, with interested Roma
- Roma are looking for a new manager with Claudio Ranieri to leave in the summer
Maurizio Sarri became a favorite this summer to become a Roma manager after their first choice, Antonio Conte, started negotiations with Inter Milan, according to reports in Italy.
Sarri is currently Chelsea's manager, but has survived a disappointing first season in English football, where he was criticized for tactical inflexibility, poor results and reluctance to offer opportunities to young players such as Callum Hudson-Odoi.
As a result, Sarri was able to leave Stamford Bridge this summer and return to Serie A, with Roma looking for a new manager after the end of this season.
Maurizio Sarri has become the favorite to become a Roma manager this summer
According to the Italian newspaper Corriere Dello Sport, Roma owner James Pallotta has called senior club figures to Boston to make a decision about the future of the club.
They say that no official decision or approach has been taken, but that Sarri is now the number 1 target, but only if he is fired by Chelsea because they are unable to pay for his release clause.
There are also concerns about whether Roma could match Sarri's contract with Chelsea – which Corriere calls as € 6 million a year – but he is firmly on their shortlist.
There were suggestions in February that Sarri had already met Roma, but he denied this at a press conference.
Sarri is Chelsea's manager, but has endured a disappointing season at Stamford Bridge
Sarri said: & # 39; I have a contract with Chelsea for the next two seasons, so it is impossible to have another contract.
& # 39; I read something about an encounter with Baldini in an Italian newspaper, but I think Franco is now in South Africa, so it's very difficult. & # 39;
Former blues boss Claudio Ranieri is currently Roma manager after firing Eusebio di Francesco, but he is not expected to go beyond his current contract, which expires this summer.
Conte is meanwhile reportedly no longer under consideration by the Roma because of his wage demands – he is willing to take over the reins at Inter Milan, but only on condition that they make him the best-paid manager in the Serie A.
He doubts whether he has returned to Italy after his two-year spell with Chelsea, so he demands a salary of £ 9 million after tax.
If Inter Conte gives what he wants, he earns £ 2.5 million more than Massimiliano Allegri from Juventus.