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Enzo Maresca wins race to become new Chelsea manager

The Italian manager recently won Championship with Leicester City

Chelsea Football Club is reportedly on the brink of appointing Leicester City manager, Enzo Maresca, as their new head coach. This news comes after a week-long search following the mutual parting of ways with former manager Mauricio Pochettino.

The Blues have been actively seeking a new leader for their team since Pochettino's departure. Several potential candidates were shortlisted during this period. However, it appears that they have finally settled on signing Enzo Maresca.

Negotiations already underway from Chelsea

According to reports from The Athletic, Chelsea has received permission from Leicester City - affectionately known as the Foxes - to engage in talks with Maresca. With negotiations underway, an agreement between all parties could be reached imminently.

Chelsea is prepared to offer a five-year contract to 44-year-old Maresca and has expressed its commitment not to judge him based solely on his first season's performance. This long-term approach indicates the club’s confidence in his ability and strategic vision.

Maresca seems pleased with this proposal to become Chelsea manager and an official announcement regarding his appointment could be made by both clubs soon.

Hefty compensation fee for Leicester City

As part of this managerial transition, Chelsea will need to pay Leicester City a compensation fee estimated at around £10 million due to Foxes' recent promotion into the Premier League under Maresca’s leadership.

Before settling on Enzo Maresca as their top target, Chelsea had shown interest in Ipswich Town manager Kieran McKenna. However, it seems that they found what they were looking for in terms of experience and leadership qualities in Maresca instead.

These are exciting times ahead for both Chelsea fans and sports betting enthusiasts alike who will be keenly watching how this managerial change will impact the team's performance in the coming seasons.

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