Chelsea have a general agreement with Maurizio Sarri via his representatives to take over if Antonio Conte leaves his role as manager, according to Sky in Italy.
However, Chelsea have no intention of paying Sarri’s £7million (€8m) release clause, which expires on May 31, Sky in Italy are reporting.
Sky Sports reports that this is in part because the Blues will need to pay £17.5m (€20m) in compensation if they decide to sack the Italian Conte, who lifted the FA Cup with the Blues last week.
The update suggests Sarri could be on his way to Chelsea early next week because of the expiration date on his release clause.
The Blues were disappointing in their Premier League title defence this season, finishing fifth in the table.
Napoli announced earlier this week that they have an agreement with ex-Chelsea and Bayern Munich boss Carlo Ancelotti to become their next manager.