Maurizio Sarri ‘negotiates becoming new Lazio manager TODAY’ as ex-Chelsea and Juventus boss return to Serie A with Simone Inzaghi heading for Inter Milan
- Maurizio Sarri looks set to take on his first job after being sacked by Juventus
- Veteran coach Sarri will talk to Lazio today to become their boss
- Lazio is optimistic about the deal and Sarri leaning towards taking the job
- The role became available when Simone Inzaghi chose to move to Inter Milan
Maurizio Sarri will reportedly be in talks with Lazio to become their new manager today, with the former Chelsea and Juventus boss nearing a return to Italy.
A meeting between Sarri, 62, and club president Claudio Lotito is expected to iron out the final details before the appointment – and the veteran coach is believed to be leaning towards taking the job.
Transfermarkt claim there is optimism with Lazio about the deal, and the club will try to convince Sarri of the project by insisting that they intend to keep their best players and invest in the summer market.
Maurizio Sarri is reportedly set to hold talks later today to become Lazio’s new manager
Sarri is now available to take up his next job after his contract with Juventus finally expired on Monday. As a result of his dismissal, he was still trapped there and had paid Juventus a £5million fee to cover his wages.
Despite not working for the Old Lady for nearly a year now, Sarri will also bank a further £2million as Juventus chose not to renew his deal for next season.
And the lack of an extension in Turin means Sarri is free to explore his options, with Lazio increasingly likely to be his next challenge.
Sarri will meet with President Claudio Lotito (right) and lean towards accepting the role
Details of his terms at the club have also been revealed by Calciomercato, who says Sarri will be given a two- or three-year contract, with a €3million engagement plus bonuses.
Lazio are keen to remain competitive in Serie A and a transfer for right-back Elseid Hysaj, who will leave Napoli when his contract expires, has been touted as one of Sarri’s first signings at the helm.
It has even been suggested that Lazio’s second-choice for their hot seat was Nuno Espirito Santo. The former Wolves boss is also out of work but is likely to take on another Premier League job soon.
Sarri was ousted by Juventus last August, just 14 months into his reign. He paid the price for their Champions League knockout of the last 16 by Lyon.
Despite winning Serie A with Juventus, Sarri was sacked but can now take up his next job
However, he will take over at Lazio after Simone Inzaghi left the club, seemingly to become Inter Milan’s new boss.
Lazio confirmed the news of Inzaghi’s departure last Thursday in a brief 32-word statement in which he was not named.
Inzaghi’s contract was set to expire on June 30 and initially it looked like an agreement would be reached to tie him until 2024.
But they were shocked after a U-turn, and the fact that the club insisted they respect his ‘reconsideration’ points that Inzaghi should return to San Siro management.
Simone Inzaghi left Lazio shocked after taking the hot seat at Inter Milan this month
Antonio Conte has quit his job at Inter just days after winning the top-level title in Italy.
As revealed by Sports post yesterday he is now in talks with Tottenham to become the permanent successor to Jose Mourinho.
Former Juventus chief Fabio Paratici could also join him as the north London club look to make a drastic change in their quest for success next season.