Conte has been on the brink for months.

And Chelsea have now finally pulled the trigger.

The Italian was given the axe this afternoon, with countryman Maurizio Sarri set to replace him.

Conte was hauled into a meeting at the club’s training ground and given the news.

The ex-Juventus man has started taking pre-season training sessions at Chelsea‘s Cobham HQ but it appears Sarri will now take over in the run-up to the new season on August g

Chelsea start away to Huddersfield in the Premier League but face Manchester City in the Community Shield at Wembley a week before on August 5.

Chelsea’s senior team were given the afternoon off while Conte learnt his fate in a meeting at the club’s training ground in Cobham.

The former Italy manager has been a hit at Stamford Bridge, winning the Premier League and FA Cup during his two years in charge.

But that’s not been enough for him to keep his job with a series of rows with senior figures over transfers and last season’s fifth-place finish in the Premier League counting against him.

Sarri is the man Chelsea have chosen to replace Conte.

He’s impressed at Napoli and will now get a shot at getting the Blues back up the top of the table and into the Champions League.

The 59-year-old led the Serie A side to two second-place and one third-place finish in three seasons in charge at the Stadio Sao Paolo.

Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis revealed yesterday that Sarri was close to being appointed by the Blues.

“The Sarri deal is in the homestretch, it depends on him,” he said.

“I’ve laid down my conditions. It’s all in the hands of lawyers.”

Sarri has been replaced as Napoli manager by Carlo Ancelotti, but de Laurentiis decided to keep him on the payroll, meaning Chelsea will have to pay a fee to get him on board.

Italy midfielder Jorginho is expected to follow Sarri from Napoli to Chelsea.

He looked set to sign for champions Manchester City but a switch to Stamford Bridge is now set to be confirmed.

Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain could also be a new signing for the club.

The Argentina striker is said to have said ‘yes’ to a move.

Chelsea declined to comment when contacted by Starsport.


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