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Arsenal among three clubs keeping an eye on Napoli boss’s contract talks


Rai Sports journalist Ciro Venerato believes three clubs have been interested in Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri in recent months.

West Ham are considering their options over whether to replace current boss Slaven Bilic, while Atletico Madrid were looking at the Italian before Diego Simeone agreed a new deal to stay at the Spanish club. Arsenal are also however believed to have been interested in Sarri in the past, whether more recently or before Arsene Wenger agreed a new contract in the summer.

The Napoli boss’s current contract expires at the end of the season, and with the Serie A side still unable to agree to the manager’s renewal terms, Venerato is quoted by that Sarri is liking the fact he has potential offers from abroad:

“Sarri’s contract expires on 31 May 2018 and will not renew for less than €3.5-4 million a year. The question is very simple, they must either pay him or [he will] go. The Tuscan manager has repeatedly called for the increase and the foreign interest does not help Napoli. From Atletico Madrid to Arsenal, passing through West Ham. All want Sarri and he likes [the interest].”

Sarri has finished second and third in his first two seasons in charge at Napoli, and he has started off this season with three wins from three matches in Serie A.

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