Maurizio Sarri ‘in talks to take over Lazio manager role’ to replace Simone Inzaghi, who is tied to Inter Milan … as ex-Chelsea boss’ contract with former club Juventus expires TODAY
- Maurizio Sarri talks to Lazio about becoming their new manager, reports said
- The Biancolesti is poised to lose current head coach Simone Inzaghi to Inter Milan
- Sarri stopped working after his resignation from Juventus last season, but is still being paid
- The 62-year-old was linked to the Roma job before Jose Mourinho took over
According to reports, Maurizio Sarri is in talks with Lazio to become their new manager as current boss Simone Inzaghi prepares to take over at Inter Milan.
The Biancolesti have resigned following the resignation of ex-Inter boss Antonio Conte earlier this month, who has been in charge of the Rome-based club for the past five years.
Sarri has spent the past season without a job following his resignation from Juventus in the summer of 2020, but was strongly linked to the Roma job before Jose Mourinho took over.
Maurizio Sarri is in talks with Lazio to become their new manager, according to reports
Lazio’s current head coach Simone Inzaghi (above) will join Serie A champions Inter Milan
And according to Corriere dello SportSarri’s agent Fali Ramadani met Lazio owner Claudio Lotito on Friday night to discuss a move, with talks between the Italian coach and his representative continuing over the weekend.
Sarri is still under contract with Juventus despite not working for them for nearly 12 months, with the 62-year-old’s original contract with the Old Lady expiring on Monday.
A compensation fee of £ 5 million was paid to Sarri to cover his wages for the 2020-21 season, while Juventus will have to pay a further £ 2 million for not renewing his Juventus deal for the season thereafter.
The old lady would stop paying the 62-year-old if he found another club, meaning Lazio’s reported talks with Sarri are key to Juventus’ already tight finances ahead of a busy summer.
Sarri (right) has been out of work since he was fired by Juventus in 2020 but is still being paid
Sarri rose into the Italian football ranks after initially starting as a banker, arguably the peak of his management career in 2015 when he took over as Napoli boss.
The Partenopei finished second to Juventus under Sarri twice in the three seasons he spent in southern Italy, although the Italian never took home a trophy at the Stadio San Paolo.
Sarri then moved to Chelsea in the summer of 2018 but only lasted one season at Stamford Bridge, even as he led the Blues to third place and Europa League glory in Baku.
The Italian then moved to Juventus after being criticized for his style of play at Chelsea, where he led the Old Lady to another league title in the 2019-2020 season.
Sarri (right) also has Serie A experience managing Napoli and Empoli in recent seasons
Failure to make it past the Champions League last 16 stages cost Sarri his job, however, with the old lady hiring club legend Andrea Pirlo as a replacement.
But a fourth-place finish under Pirlo and a lack of progress in Europe meant the 42-year-old was also sacked and Sarri’s predecessor at Juventus – Massimiliano Allegri – has returned to the Turin club.
When Sarri was manager of Juventus, he fought Lazio for the Serie A title and even named Inzaghi’s Biancolesti one of the best teams in Europe during his only season in Turin.
Juventus fired Sarri’s successor Andrea Pirlo after finishing fourth this season
When Sarri spoke of Lazio at the time, he said: “They are experiencing a magical moment of form right now. If they continue like this, there is not much left to do.
“For me they are physically and mentally the best team in Europe at the moment.”
Lazio finished the 2020-21 season, widely expected to be their last season under Inzaghi, in sixth place – earning them the same passage to the Europa League.
Inter-tied boss Inzaghi led them to the Coppa Italia title in 2019, while also winning two Super Cups with the Biancolesti.