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Maurizio Sarri has reportedly agreed a €7m-a-year deal to become Juventus manager

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Maurizio Sarri has been a man on the edge at Chelsea for much of his time with the club. 

The Italian manager moved to west London last summer amid high expectations after his 'Sarri-ball' had been so successful at Napoli. 

But his style of play hasn't exactly caught on in the Premier League. 

Chelsea finished third, way off the pace of Manchester City and Liverpool but were only really able to sneak into the top four in the final weeks when teams around them were playing even worse.  

The Blues did also reach two cup finals - the first being the League Cup in February, as well as Wednesday's Europa League final against Arsenal. 

Sarri's first season has been far from a disaster then, but he's still been walking a tightrope for most of 2019. 

Low points, including heavy losses to Manchester City and Bournemouth, saw Chelsea fans turn on their coach very quickly. 

There's a feeling that the team lack a real attacking edge under the Italian tactician, so many supporters have been vocal about seeing him sacked. 

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And according to reports from Italy this weekend, those fans may get their wish. 

Tancredi Palmeri, a beIN Sports and CNN correspondent, has written that Sarri to Juventus is a 'done' deal. 

"Done! Juventus and Sarri have found an agreement: Maurizio Sarri is the new Juventus manager," he wrote for SNAI Sportnews

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"The deal was reached in the past days, and it should bond the Bianconeri and Sarri for the next three years, at net wages worth €7 million.

"The contract will be officially signed as soon as Sarri is released from his contract with Chelsea [and] as a matter of respect, no announcement would come before next Thursday."

Palmeri also writes that Sarri's deal was reached after Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola rejected Juventus three times.

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"We can disclose that Juve did try again, for the third time, to tempt Guardiola. The first attempt was in March in between the [Champions League] knock-out stage matches versus Atletico.

"Then in April, right after City were eliminated. Finally, Juve’s last effort took place in the last few weeks. And it lasted a minute or so, just the time for Pep to say, again, 'No, thanks'." 

With reports from Italy becoming more and more confident, it's looking likely that Sarri could soon depart for Turin, which would leave Chelsea searching for a new manager once again this summer. 

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