Maurizio Sarri is on the verge of leaving Chelsea for Juventus, with the two clubs having agreed a compensation fee.
The former Napoli boss is returning to his native Italy after just one season as Chelsea manager – and what a season it has been.
Jeered by fans and heavily criticised by pundits during a dismal spell for the Blues, Sarri ended the campaign having won the Europa League and steered the club back to the Champions League.
The 60-year-old is now set to make the move from Stamford Bridge to Juve – and he might not be the only one. Three men who played under him last season could well join him in Turin.
Brought in from Napoli, where he played under Sarri, Jorginho was the new manager’s flagship signing last summer. And like Sarri, he attracted plenty of criticism for much of the season. So pivotal to how Sarri wants to play, a move for him is surely likely.
Linked with Juve even before their approach for Sarri, the left-back now looks even more likely to be targeted by the Serie A giants. Second fiddle to Marcos Alonso before being given a run in the side by Sarri, Emerson impressed last season.
Not a Chelsea player as such, with the Argentine having been on loan from Juve, Higuain suddenly might have a future with them after all. The striker was out of favour and on loan at AC Milan prior to Sarri insisting Chelsea bring him in loan. Having played under him in Naples and west London, Higuain looks like he’ll be plying his trade under Sarri again next season.