Chelsea hold off on announcement despite agreeing terms with new manager

Chelsea have agreed personal terms with Laurent Blanc to take over from Antonio Conte, according to reports in Italy. The Blues are in talks with several candidates, including Italian Maurizio Sarri and Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic, but are edging closer to appointing Blanc.

The Frenchman has not managed since leaving Paris Saint-Germain in 2016, but is now ready to resume his coaching career.

Sport Italia claim Chelsea and Blanc have come to terms, but that the Blues are holding off making an official announcement. Chelsea are waiting to see if Sarri can release himself from Napoli’s grasp, amid a bitter dispute between the Italian and his former club.

Napoli are refusing to budge on Sarri’s release clause despite confirming Carlo Ancelotti as their new head coach.

The Daily Express also claim the confirmation of Blanc’s No.2 is part of the reason for the delay in confirmation. Blanc wanted to bring long-term right-hand man, Jean-Louis Gasset, to Chelsea with him, but the Frenchman has decided to remain in his post at Saint-Etienne

Chelsea are now pursuing Franck Passi per Blanc’s instructions and are still in talks with the former Marseille and Lille coach.

A new manager will see the exit of Conte after just two seasons at Stamford Bridge. Conte won the Premier League in his first campaign, and the FA Cup in his second, but has had a drastic falling out with the Chelsea hierarchy in the last 12 months.

The Italian’s continuous public outbursts against Chelsea’s transfer policy and his treatment of his players has caused alarm among the Blues’ top brass.

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