Former Chelsea head coach Muairzio Sarri has landed a new role of the boss at Italian side Lazio having been out of the game for just over a year following his departure from Juventus.
Chelsea and Sarri agreed to end his contract in west London two years early back in 2019 after Sarri had replaced another Italian, Antonio Conte, at the helm at Stamford Bridge. Sarri secured the Europa League trophy, the first silverware of his managerial career, but Blues fans never truly took to him.
His “Sarri-ball” methods didn’t get the fans out of their seats at the Bridge and when it came clear he wanted a return to his homeland, and with the Juventus job vacant, it was agreed after the win over Arsenal in Baku that Chelsea and Sarri would part ways.
A year after joining Juve and clinching a ninth straight Serie A title for the Old Lady, Sarri was once again ousted from his post. Despite continuing Juve’s domestic dominance, four defeats in after the season restart and a disappointing exit to Lyon in the last 16 of the Champions League was not deemed acceptable for the Turin club.
Now, he has returned as the head coach at Lazio, who parted company with Simone Inzaghi after five years last month and he has replaced Conte at Inter Milan after the former Blues boss secured their first league title in 11 years.
With Sarri’s arrival comes the possibility he might raid his former club in the Premier League to perhaps take them to the Stadio Olimpico. Now, he won’t be taking Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, Mason Mount or N’Golo Kante but there could be some fringe players the former Blues boss might be interested in.
In fact, Sarri has already been linked with making a swoop for Blues attacking midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who spent the last season on loan at Fulham as they were relegated back to the Championship.
Loftus-Cheek scored ten times in 40 appearances under Sarri before suffering a devastating achilles injury in a post-season friendly in the USA during Chelsea’s Final Whistle on Hate charity match against New England Revolution in Boston.
Current Blues boss Thomas Tuchel has an abundance of attacking midfielders at the club but it is believed Loftus-Cheek wants one last crack at breaking through at the club he has been with since the age of eight when he joined up with the academy.
Another player who could potentially be of interest to Sarri is Kepa Arrizabalaga, who has lost his number one spot to Edouard Mendy.
Thomas Strakhosha currently has the jersey in Rome so Kepa would not join and automatically be the number one choice in Italy.
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It was Sarri who bought Kepa to west London in the world record deal for a goalkeeper in 2018 after Thibaut Courtois had fought his way out of the club to join Real Madrid.
Another potential recruit could be Davide Zappacosta, who looks to have little to no future in west London after he moved to the club from Torino in 2017 for a reported £23million.
The Italian fullback has made just 52 appearances for the club since he joined and has spent the last two seasons away on loan back in Italy with Roma and Genoa.