Chelsea Manager: Maurizio Sarri’s replacement found as the Blues target Javi Gracia to take the charge of the ahead of the next season.
Despite winning the Europa league and a third place finish in the league, Chelsea are till considering to remove Maurizio Sarri from the Blues’ dugout.
Thus, according to a report by the ESPN, Chelsea are set to replace the Italian manager with Javi Gracia from Watford, if the Italian manager leaves the club.
Sarri’s strained relationship with the club has jeopardized his stay at the West-London based club. Although, the Italian manager has shown the will to see out rest of his contract with Chelsea but the Blues are refusing to do it.
On the the other side, Maurizio Sarri is being targeted by Juventus, and reportedly has the permission of the Blues to leave the club ahead of next season.
It is further reported that the Blues are expecting from Juventus to submit the £5 million buy out fee for the Chelsea manager.
Javi Gracia has a decent record in management, as he has already managed in Spain, Greece and Russia and recently took Watford to the FA Cup final, which they lost against Manchester City.
The Spaniard is facing a competition from Chelsea club legend Frank Lampard for the managerial role, as he is also on the radar of Chelsea to take the role, as his stint at Derby impressed the administration at his previous club.
Nevertheless, concrete statements by either of the clubs are yet to be made, until then everything else is just being speculated.
How twitter reacted
Chelsea are considering a move for Javi Gracia if head coach Maurizio Sarri leaves the club.
– ESPN. pic.twitter.com/VIMoycfMin
— Simon Phillips (@SiPhillipsSport) June 3, 2019
Pls book my appointment with Abramovic
It's literally become a game at Chelsea to sack and replace managers
I know here sarri wants Chelsea exit but this Gracia thing is a joke
With transfer ban we can't afford a Watford manager
Bring back Jose Mourinho for the third time
— Ranjeev (@RAFfromchelsea) June 3, 2019
Javi Gracia last 5 games. pic.twitter.com/lkljvnYsOh
— Andhika Kusuma (@Dikakus) June 3, 2019
Rumors of Javi Gracia. We are going down? What does the board smoke?
— Prasad (@PradeepChelsea) June 3, 2019
Javi Gracia linked to Chelsea again.
Tactically interesting? Sure. Tactically good? I'm inclined to say not really based on this season. When Watford lost, they didn't just lose, they lost spectacularly. I *might* have been more supportive before the FA Cup final. #CFC
— Travis Tyler (@Travtical) June 3, 2019
Chelsea finished their season on a high, as they won Europa league while defeating city rivals Arsenal by 4-1. Further, the club will not be able to participate in transfer window due to the transfer ban.