Former Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is interested in reuniting with a number of Blues players at Lazio in the January transfer window.
Sarri was Chelsea manager for the 2018/19 season, winning the Europa League against London rivals Arsenal in the final to end his own personal trophy duck.
He left the club after just one campaign in charge at Stamford Bridge to join Juventus and was replaced by Chelsea legend Frank Lampard.
While Sarri’s era at the club feels a world away now, Italian source Il Massaggero report that he is keen on signing several players who featured under him in west London.
Lazio made approaches for Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Kepa Arrizabalaga in the summer and were knocked back by Chelsea, but it’s understood the Biancocelesti will try their luck for the pair again. They were successful in bringing former Blues forward Pedro to the club around the same time, however.
Sarri is also interested in Callum Hudson-Odoi, who featured heavily in Chelsea’s successful Europa League run, while Lazio are hoping they can bring an end to Emerson Palmieri’s loan at Lyon and bring him to the Stadio Olimpico.
The Serie A club’s financial situation means January deals will be tough to complete and there’s no guarantee they’ll even have the funding to get deals over the line in the summer.
Lazio are keen to back Sarri after his arrival in the summer and a difficult start to his first season in Rome, sitting ninth in the table and 11 points adrift of the top four. But it seems like a raid of his former players would be unlikely.