Chelsea have confirmed Maurizio Sarri’s departure from the club after just one season in charge.
The Italian manager has agreed to join Juventus, who announced his appointment as their new boss on Sunday afternoon, on a contract believed to be worth around £18m. A deal was agreed between the clubs earlier in the week.
The Stamford Bridge side are now expected to move for record goalscorer and current Derby manager Frank Lampard to fill the vacant role.
The Italian champions agreed a £7million compensation fee for Sarri on Thursday night and concluded the formalities over the next three days.
There had been extensive and protracted negotiations between Marina Granovskaia, Chelsea’s club director, and Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici, who flew to London to try and find a resolution.
Sarri, 60, has been allowed to leave Chelsea despite having two years left to run on the £5m-a-year deal he penned last summer.
He has now penned a three-year deal worth up to £6.2m a year to move to Turin and take over from Massimiliano Allegri.
Sarri’s departure came after he told Chelsea he wanted to leave following the Europa League final.
There was significant opposition to Sarri’s regime from the stands at Chelsea, despite him reaching the Carabao Cup final, capturing the Europa League and leading them back to the Champions League with a third-place finish.
Chelsea were willing to keep him on for next season until he told Granovskaia he wanted to leave — with a desire to return to Italy as he was missing home playing a key part.