Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri could take over at Italian Serie A giants AS Roma next season after he was made their number one managerial target.
This is according to the publication from trusted Italian news outlet Corriere dello Sport which claimed that the Blues manager has replaced Antonio Conte as their top managerial priority this summer.
AS Roma are looking for their next permanent manager following the sack of Eusebio Di Francesco.
Former Chelsea manager Claudio Ranieri is a boyhood AS Roma fan and the Italian manager is in temporary charge of the team until the end of the season.
Ex-Blues boss Antonio Conte left Chelsea in controversial circumstances last summer and he has been without a managerial job since then.
Earlier reports claimed that Conte is the favourite to take the AS Roma job this summer but he has been overtaken by Sarri who succeeded him at Stamford Bridge.
Maurizio Sarri has struggled to reach the expected heights from both the Chelsea hierarchy and the club’s fans.
The pressure on ex-Napoli boss Sarri heightened at the weekend when his Chelsea side lost 2-0 to Liverpool.
The Reds won their first game in seven league matches against Chelsea with two second half goals from Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.