Chelsea defender David Luiz could be set to leave Stamford Bridge for Italian side Napoli this summer, although any potential move may hinge on the future of manager Maurizio Sarri.

Earlier on Wednesday, it was announced that former Blues, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich boss Carlo Ancelotti had penned a two-year deal to take over at the Stadio San Paolo.

Napoli finished the campaign in second place with 91 points to their name – four behind champions Juventus – to become the first side in Serie A history to rack up 90 points and not be crowned league winners.

According to the Guardian, Sarri is keen to take over from compatriot Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge, although it is unclear whether the 59-year-old is Chelsea’s number one managerial target.

Should the Blues make a move for the chain-smoking boss, it is believed that Napoli would be prepared to waive any compensation owed to them by London club, as long as Luiz is allowed to move to Stadio San Paolo for less than £15 million.

The 31-year-old has fallen out of favour under Conte at Stamford Bridge and made just 17 appearances in all competitions, as Chelsea ended the campaign in fifth place, missing out on Champions League football for next term.

His last appearance for the Blues came back at the start of February, during a crushing 4-1 defeat at the hands of Watford and failed to feature since.

Speculation over Luiz’s future has intensified over the last few months and the Brazilian’s injury troubles suggest that Chelsea may be willing to cash in on the man that returned to the Bridge in a £34 million deal from Paris Saint-Germain a little under two years ago.


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