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Zola is expected to be named as Sarri's assistant should the club conclude protracted compensation negotiations over the Italian's arrival from Napoli as well as Antonio Conte's departure. The release is likely to cost the Blues a package of around £8m this summer.

Conte oversaw Chelsea's first full day of pre-season training despite the uncertainty over his future.

But away from that complicated saga, Chelsea are now closing in on their first piece of business.

The agreement with Conte is in place and Sarri now expects his appointment on a three-year contract worth around £5.6million a year after tax to be ratified on Monday.

The report goes on to say that because of Ronaldo's move to Juve, the Serie A champions will have to balance the books.

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The coach of the 1998 side, Jaroslav Ciro Blazevic, said for a long time he did not want any other team to match his players' achievements.

Chelsea have now entered the fray for Jorginho, pushed forward by prospective new manager Maurizio Sarri.

Numbers were diminished due to several players' involvement in Russian Federation, but those who didn't feature in Russian Federation were put through their paces with fitness and stretching exercises.

Conte is renowned for his highly vigorous approach to approach to preseason and several Chelsea players have publicly admitted to struggling with his gruelling summer programmes, though weeks of double sessions at Cobham provided the foundation for the club's surprise run to the Premier League title in the 2016-17 campaign.

Ancelotti is reportedly keen on both Luiz and West Ham's Angelo Ogbonna.

Conte, 48, also has a clause in his contract that guarantees him a pay-off, thought to be £9m, for the final year of his deal.