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Chelsea are hopeful of appointing AS Roma’s Walter Sabatini as their new director of Football this summer, with Antonio Conte set to be named manager.
It is a summer of change for Roman Abramovich at Chelsea, and now the Russian looks to be bring in the experience of Sabatini to work with his fellow compatriot, Conte.
The 46-year-old Italy boss all-but confirmed his move to West London yesterday, when he announced he would step down from his role with Italy, to return to club football.
It has been known for some time that Chelsea are keen on the Italian, and with that now looking likely to go ahead, Abramovich’s next step is to bring in Sabatini to help with signings.
It is understood that part of the agreement to join Chelsea, was that Conte would be able to rely on an experienced director of football to acquire the players he desires.
Chelsea have signed some high-profile players in recent seasons, who have failed to impress at Stamford Bridge and subsequently been shipped out of the club – Juan Cuadrado and Mohamed Salah to name two – and now they need a director of football who can convince players to join the club, in a new era for Chelsea.
Marquinhos and Erik Lamela, now of Tottenham, have been two high-profile signings Sabatini has lured to AS Roma in recent seasons, and is highly respected in Rome.