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Incoming Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri 'wants to sign Dries Mertens'

22 June 2018

Maurizio Sarri is expected to be appointed as Chelsea boss and the club have been targeting players despite the uncertainty over their managerial situation.

Napoli's Senegalese worldwide centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly certainly believes Sarri is headed to Chelsea as he told English radio station talkSPORT after his country's opening 2-1 victory over Poland in the World Cup.

Kalidou Koulibaly is confident Maurizio Sarri will be a success at Chelsea and believes the former Napoli coach would "change" the style of football at Stamford Bridge. "It's disappointing that he leaves like this".

"You can expect nice football because he's a very good coach", said Koulibaly. We have now a big coach and we know we can win something with him.

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It will not come as a surprise to many with Sarri being strongly linked to the Chelsea role for many months.

But the move will be on hold until Chelsea officially announce Sarri as their new manager to replace Antonio Conte. I hope he can win something with Chelsea.

He also netted 34 times during the previous campaign after being converted to a striker by the incoming Chelsea manager.

Sarri has already told the Chelsea board in their talks that top of his list to buy are Inter Milan's Uruguayan midfielder Matias Vecino and Spanish winger Jose Callejon from Napoli.

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Chelsea would have to move fast if they are to sign the Belgian on the cheap as he has a £25m release clause in his contract that will expire next week.

'At Napoli we enjoyed it very much as players and the supporters enjoyed it very much.

The coach is known to be a master tactician and would also work well within the structure of the club's transfer policy.

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Incoming Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri 'wants to sign Dries Mertens'