Chelsea have sacked manager Antonio Conte with the Blues expected to appoint Maurizio Sarri as his successor at Stamford Bridge, according to Sky Italia.

Conte won the Premier League title in his first season in England, but came under incessant pressure during a difficult second campaign which saw the London club fail to qualify for the Champions League.

The campaign did end somewhat on a high with Chelsea lifting the FA Cup.

The Blues have reportedly lined up Sarri, who remains under contract with Napoli, despite their decision to replace him with Carlo Ancelotti.

Sarri spent three seasons in charge of Napoli but was unable to wrestle the title from Juventus, finishing fifth, second and third.

"The Sarri affair is nearly at its conclusion, it all depends on him," Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis said yesterday.

"My lawyers have submitted papers to his lawyers."