Maurizio Sarri
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Chelsea did not pay a single penny to release Maurizio Sarri from his Napoli contract, according to his lawyer.

It was claimed that the reason Chelsea were taking so long to take Sarri from Napoli was down to the Aurelio De Laurentiis playing hard-ball.

Sarri previously had a €8M release clause in his Napoli contract, but that expired. Chelsea were thought to have been looking to prise him away from the Stadio Olimpico for less, but De Laurentiis wasn’t having any of it.

That information appears to have been wide of the mark. It has now been claimed that Chelsea, nor Sarri, paid Napoli a penny to release him from his contract. This has been confirmed by his lawyer, so you’d expect it to be accurate.

Sarri’s agent is quoted by Football Italia explaining the above, as well as adding further confusion as to why it took Chelsea so long to get the deal over the line:

“It was a termination by mutual consent. We got the paperwork down, word by word, overnight. Yesterday afternoon the media had said we’d found a solution when it wasn’t the case, but the signature arrived this morning. It satisfied everyone.”

“There was no economic payment to Napoli from Chelsea, nor did Sarri have to pay any penalty to free himself from the Napoli contract.”

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This is quite outrageously lugubrious and Iam flaggerbasted!