Maurizio Sarri: How Juventus could line-up under the ex-Chelsea manager next season, with Ronaldo, Ramsey and Pogba

16 Jun

Maurizio Sarri has been appointed Juventus manager after just one season in the Stamford Bridge dugout.

It was a turbulent year at Chelsea, but one that ended with a third place Premier League finish and victory in the Europa League final at Arsenal’s expense.

Sarri may not have endeared himself to the Blues fans, however it was a promising first season.

Maurizio Sarri is reportedly keen to leave Chelsea in order to join Juventus
Getty

Chelsea will be in for a tough season with a new manager and having to cope without Eden Hazard as well as a transfer ban.

At Juventus, Sarri will have a different set of issues to contend with.

He is moving to a club who have won eight consecutive Serie A titles and have one of the best players of all-time in Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Italian will be tasked with winning the Champions League, though, as that is the trophy the club most covet with their last success in 1992.

They have lost five of the seven finals they have been involved in.

Firstly, here is a look at what signings the Italian club could make under Sarri.

One player who is already joining the Turin-based side is Aaron Ramsey. He arrives on a free transfer from Arsenal next month once his contract expires.

 

There are also a number of players Juve have been linked to as possible targets in the summer.

This includes Paul Pogba, who they sold to Manchester United for a world record transfer fee in 2016.

The Frenchman would cost them just as much, if not more, than they sold him for but he was a proven talent with the Serie A side.

They have also been linked with a possible move for Mauro Icardi who has been rumoured with leaving Inter Milan this summer.

Another of Sarri’s favourites is Jorginho who he brought to Chelsea from Napoli. Juve could bring the Italian midfielder in and build the team around him, as the manager planned to do at Stamford Bridge.

Jorginho was brought to Chelsea by Sarri
Getty

Gonzalo Higuain is already contracted to Juventus but has spent the last season on loan. First with AC Milan and then with Sarri at Chelsea.

It is likely he would be brought back into the fold at the club with the Italian in charge.

He could also be looking for new left-back and may try to sign Chelsea’s Emerson Palmieri who played 27 games under Sarri last season.

Here at talkSPORT.com we have taken a look at how they could line-up under their new manager.

Gonzalo Higuain has played under Sarri at both Napoli and Chelsea
Getty

4-3-3

This is a formation that Sarri favoured at Chelsea with a flat back four and Jorginho just in front of the defence.

Ramsey and Pogba could then sit ahead of the defensive midfielder to provide the creativity for the forwards.

In attack, the manager could deploy a front three of Ronaldo, Higuain and Paulo Dybala, depending on if he remains at the club.

How Juventus could look in Sarri’s preferred formation

4-3-1-2

In this set up, it would be very similar to the 4-3-3 but with Ramsey and Pogba playing slightly wider.

That would mean Cristiano Ronaldo pushed into a No.10 role in order to accommodate the two strikers, in this instance they would be Mauro Icardi and Gonzalo Higuain.

The main task for Sarri is how to accommodate all his front men as most prefer to play through the middle rather than out wide.

Paulo Dybala has been sidelined at the club because the signing of Ronaldo has seen him pushed out wide.

The Portugal international has been used both out wide and through the middle last season but it will be a question of where to play him under Sarri.

How Sarri’s team could look in a 4-4-2 diamond

Chelsea and Manchester United target Elseid Hysaj leaving Napoli this summer in order ‘to win something’

1 Jun

Chelsea and Manchester United target Elseid Hysaj has confirmed his intention to leave Napoli this summer, declaring he needs ‘to win something’ in his career.

Hysaj, 25, has made 170 appearances for the Serie A outfit since joining the club in 2015, establishing himself as one of Maurizio Sarri’s close allies and star performers during his tenure in charge.

Napoli defender Elseid Hysaj has signalled his intention to leave the Serie A club this summer

However, since Sarri’s departure to Chelsea last summer, the right-back has become more of a fringe player under Carlo Ancelotti and thus wants to pursue a move away in the close season.

“I’m absolutely ready for a new challenge because I need change,” he told DigitAlb.

“I’m not the type of person who likes to stay at a club for too long.

“I want to have new experiences, learn about a new country, meet new people, play for another team and maybe try to win something.

“For me, my time at Napoli is over and I hope to find a team that will give me what I need.”

The revelation from the Albanian will alert some of Europe’s top suitors, with Juventus and Atletico Madrid reportedly among those interested in signing Hysaj.

The player’s agent, Mario Giuffredi, believes Juve is an option, especially if Sarri joins.

“I think Sarri will go to Juventus and which player wouldn’t like to follow the Coach who made him show more than the others?” he told Radio CRC.

Chelsea transfer news: How the Blues could line-up with Gonzalo Higuain and Elseid Hysaj in January

23 Jan

Maurizio Sarri is looking to make changes to his Chelsea team and has been eyeing up new recruits during the January transfer window.

But the priority was a striker and boy do they have one after confirming the loan signing of Gonzalo Higuain.

Chelsea have signed Higuain

Sarri worked with the striker at Napoli and this will spell the end of Alvaro Morata’s time at the Blues.

The Spain striker has had an underwhelming 18-month spell with the club and is being prepared to leave for Atletico Madrid.

He was their record signing when he moved to Stamford Bridge for £60million in 2017 but failed to live up to his promise.

It has not gone to plan for Alvaro Morata at Chelsea

Eden Hazard has been deployed in the ‘false 9’ position in recent weeks because of Sarri’s lack of confidence in Morata and Olivier Giroud.

But now Higuain has completed his move to Stamford Bridge then Hazard will be able to return to his favoured position on the left.

Cesc Fabregas was also deemed surplus to requirements and allowed to join up with Thierry Henry at Monaco.

Sarri has looked for a replacement and the one who was heavily linked was Leandro Paredes, from Zenit, but it looks like he is now off to PSG.

The Blues were reportedly attempting to land two players – Leandro Paredes and Nicolo Barella – but both deals appear to be off the table.

They may now hold off on signing the replacement for Fabregas until the summer now and stick with their midfield three of N’Golo Kante, Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic.

Fabregas completed his move to Monaco

The Chelsea manager also wants to bring one of his former players to Stamford Bridge, which could spell the end for fan favourite Cesar Azpilicueta.

Azpilicueta has been a key figure at the club since signing in 2012 making 310 appearances and helping them to numerous trophies, including two Premier League titles.

Sarri wants to bring in his former player Hysaj

Elseid Hysaj has been earmarked as his replacement and could be brought in during the January transfer window.

The pair have worked together at Empoli and Napoli and Sarri is clearly a big fan.

Here is how Chelsea could line-up at the end of the month.

Can this XI ensure Chelsea finish in the top four and qualify for the Champions League?

Chelsea transfer news: Blues hope to sign Elseid Hysaj in January as club facing threat of transfer ban

5 Dec

Chelsea want to sign Elseid Hysaj in January before loaning him back to Napoli until the end of the season, according to reports.

Hysaj, the Albania full-back, played under current Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri at both Empoli and Napoli, and he remains a key player for the San Paolo club under new boss Carlo Ancelotti.

Hysaj has starred for Napoli since joining the San Paolo club in 2015

The Blues were linked with Hysaj throughout the summer, after Sarri’s appointment at Stamford Bridge, though Calciomercato claim a gentleman’s agreement was reached between Chelsea and Napoli to prevent the Blues signing any more of the Serie A side’s players after buying Jorginho.

However, the same report says Chelsea have already started negotiations with Napoli over a deal for Hysaj with under a month until the transfer window reopens.

The Blues are prepared to sell Davide Zappacosta at the end of the season, and they plan to sign Hysaj next month but loan him back to Napoli until the summer.

Chelsea are reported to be pushing forward with their transfer plans as they face the threat of a transfer ban.

talkSPORT told last month how Chelsea are one of five Premier League clubs being investigated by FIFA over possible violations of rules on signing under-18 foreign players, with a transfer ban lasting two years, or four transfer windows, a potential punishment if found guilty.

Questions have been raised over Chelsea’s deal to sign Bertrand Traore, pictured above playing for Chelsea before his 18th birthday

La Liga teams Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid have previously been punished for the same offence.

Chelsea hope to lower Hysaj’s £44million (€50m) release clause with talks started between the two clubs.

Chelsea transfer news: Maurizio Sarri urges the club to sign Napoli ace Elseid Hysaj

1 Dec

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has reportedly urged the club to work on a transfer for Napoli full-back Elseid Hysaj.

The Albanian was a regular for Sarri during his time with the club and now he wants to bring him to Stamford Bridge.

Napoli right-back Elseid Hysaj.

The Albanian is no stranger to interest from England as he has been watched by both Arsenal and Manchester United in the past.

The pair have since cooled their interest in Hysaj but, according to Tele Sport in the player’s homeland, it is Chelsea who are now trying to sign the defender.

Blues boss Sarri wants to sign a new right-back in January and he has told his club’s board to focus on landing Hysaj.

Chelsea looked at trying to sign the Albania international in the summer, but their advances were rejected by Napoli.

Napoli defender Elseid Hysaj worth more than £50m, says agent amid Chelsea transfer links

16 Nov

Chelsea transfer target Elseid Hysaj is worth more than £50 million, according to his agent.

Defender Hysaj, who operates as a right-back, has starred for Napoli for the past three seasons and is attracting interest from England.

Elseid Hysaj battles for possession with Edin Dzeko

The 24-year-old has worked under Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri at Empoli and Napoli – and the Italian is reportedly keen on a third reunion.

Hysaj’s agent, Mario Giuffredi, believes his client would thrive in the Premier League.

“If you see Napoli are playing [fellow right-back Kevin] Malcuit and hear they’re looking at other players, it means there are also enquiries,” Giuffredi told Radio CRC.

“Those who say otherwise are misinformed. Hysaj is a player who can do well in English football, given he’s very physical and being watched by big clubs.

“Is he worth €50 million? He’s worth €60 million (£53m) for me.”

Chelsea are well stocked with right-backs as Cesar Azpilicueta and Davide Zappacosta continue to fight for places.

Manchester United transfer blow as Napoli get ready to offer Elseid Hysaj a new contract

13 Nov

Manchester United look set to miss out on one of their defensive targets as Napoli get ready to open contract talks with Elseid Hysaj, according to his agent.

The Albania international is on the Old Trafford club’s radar as they attempt to find a long-term replacement for 33-year-old Antonio Valencia.

Napoli right-back Elseid Hysaj attempts to tackle an opponent.

The 24-year-old has emerged as one of Serie A’s best full-backs since arriving from Empoli back in 2015 and he has racked up 118 league outings for Napoli.

Hysaj penned a four-and-a-half-year deal back in October 2016 so there is still more than two years left to run on that.

But, amid interest from clubs such as Manchester United, Napoli are hoping to convince Hysaj to further commit himself to the club by penning fresh terms.

Speaking at the Italian Sport Awards, his agent Mario Giuffredi said: “We’ve been talking to Napoli for some time.

“In the next few weeks I’ll meet the President to understand if there are the conditions for a renewal.

“He has only two and a half years left on his contract.”

Incoming Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri planning to bring four Napoli players to Stamford Bridge

22 Jun

Maurizio Sarri is planning to overhaul Chelsea’s playing squad when appointed Blues manager by bringing four of his Napoli players to Stamford Bridge.

Sarri, the Italian, is expected to be announced as Chelsea manager in the coming weeks, succeeding compatriot Antonio Conte following his two seasons in west London.

Sarri is expected to be confirmed as Chelsea’s new manager in the coming weeks

The 59-year-old remains contracted to Napoli despite Carlo Ancelotti already being announced as their new manager, and talks between the Serie A club and Chelsea over the transfer of Sarri had been held up due to disputes over the release clause in his deal.

However, reports suggest Sarri’s move to Chelsea has progressed, and he is already said to be drawing up a shortlist of transfer targets.

And, according to the Mirror, he wants to bring four Napoli players to west London when confirmed as manager of the Stamford Bridge club.

Elseid Hysaj, the full-back, Raul Albiol, the central defender, and forwards Jose Callejon and Dries Mertens are the reported targets.

Dries Mertens established himself as one of Europe’s finest forwards under Sarri

There are no indications as to whether Ancelotti would allow four key players to leave the San Paolo, especially as a fifth, Jorginho, is already in talks over a move to Manchester City.

Chelsea will raid Napoli to sign Elseid Hysaj if Maurizio Sarri replaces Antonio Conte as manager

13 Jun

Napoli fear Maurizio Sarri will raid them for full-back Elseid Hysaj – if he gets the Chelsea job.

The 59-year-old is the favourite to takeover at Stamford Bridge as Antonio Conte is likely to be shown the door.

Hysaj has earned many admirers following a series of excellent performances for Napoli

Sarri has been replaced at Napoli by Carlo Ancelotti, but a clause in his previous contract means his new employers must pay around £8m to hire him.

That is slowing down negotiations with Chelsea, but both parties are still hopeful a deal could be reached.

Sarri's transfer wishlist

Maurizio Sarri has been linked with signing a number of his former players if appointed Chelsea manager

Elseid Hysaj – worked with Sarri at Empoli and Napoli

Kalidou Koulibaly – worked with Sarri at Napoli

Dries Mertens – worked with Sarri at Napoli

Gonzalo Higuain – worked with Sarri at Napoli

Piotr Zielinski – worked with Sarri at Empoli and Napoli

Once in charge, Sarri is expected to make a number of signings and, according to Rai Sport, Napoli are worried he will raid them for players.

In particular, the Italian club believe their former boss will try and sign defender Hysaj this summer.

Hysaj played under Sarri at Empoli before joining him at Napoli

The 24-year-old has flourished under Sarri at Napoli and he would be keen to work under him again.

The right-back is no stranger to interest from England, having been linked with Arsenal and Manchester United in the past.