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Chelsea target Maurizio Sarri wants to make Juventus defender Daniele Rugani one of his first signings if appointed Blues manager

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Sarri is expected to replace Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge, and he has his eyes on the 23-year-old centre-back

Maurizio Sarri wants to make Juventus defender Daniele Rugani one of his first signings if he lands the Chelsea job.

The former Napoli boss is still in talks about taking over at Stamford Bridge after he was replaced by Carlo Ancelotti.

Rugani enjoyed his best Juventus season to date in 2017/18

Rugani enjoyed his best Juventus season to date in 2017/18

A £8m release clause in Sarri’s deal is proving to be the sticking point, but it is hoped a resolution can be found, especially now that reports suggest Napoli will accept a lower fee for their still-contracted coach.

The Italian is wary that time is running out for transfers should he land the Chelsea job.


The Premier League’s transfer window shuts on August 9 this summer and clubs will have just 25 days after the end of the World Cup to conduct their business.

Sarri, as a result, is already drawing up a list of targets in case he gets the Chelsea job and, according to Sportitalia, Rugani is high on it.

The 23-year-old has won seven caps for Italy since making his debut in 2016

The 23-year-old has won seven caps for Italy since making his debut in 2016

The centre-back is slowly beginning to nail down a spot in the first team at Juventus, but he is by no means a regular.

Sarri is hoping that could allow him to lure the 23-year-old to England, where he would make him a key part of Chelsea’s defence.

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