Maurizio Sarri has been appointed head coach of Lazio, replacing Simone Inzaghi.
The former Chelsea and Juventus boss has put his pen to a two-year contract with the Serie A club worth around £ 2.6million per season after days of talks.
According to Sky in Italy, Sarri’s first request to Lazio for this summer’s transfer window is to secure the loan signing of Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who had his most prolific season under the Italian at Chelsea in the 2018/19 season .
Sarri had been unemployed since his dismissal by Juventus in August 2020, despite winning the Serie A title in his only season at the helm, and was still under contract with the Old Lady.
His failure to lead Juventus past Lyon in the Champions League round of 16 – the first time they had failed to reach the quarter-finals in four years – led to his departure.
Sarri was sacked in the aftermath of the Ligue 1 loss, his post already under pressure after losing to Napoli in the Coppa Italia final earlier in the season.
He has attracted interest from a multitude of European clubs, including Roma and Lyon this season, but would only consider returning to management this summer.
The 62-year-old succeeds Inzaghi, who signed a two-year contract last week to replace Antonio Conte at Inter Milan.
Inzaghi’s contract at Lazio expired this summer and he verbally agreed to an extension last month, before turning around to join Inter on more favorable terms.
“We respect the change of mind of a manager and, first of all, of a player who for many years has associated his name with the Lazio family and the club’s many accomplishments,” Lazio commented in a statement.
Lazio finished sixth in Serie A last season, qualifying for the Europa League group stage next season, while they were knocked out by Bayern Munich in the Champions League round of 16 with a loss total of 6-2.
Filippo Inzaghi appointed boss of Brescia
Simone’s brother and former AC Milan and Italy striker Filippo Inzaghi has been named the new head coach of Italian Serie B team Brescia, the club announced on Wednesday.
“A new adventure has started for me and I can only be happy and proud to join Brescia,” said Inzaghi.
Inzaghi, who previously managed Milan, Venice and Bologna, led Benevento to the Serie B title in 2019/20 but then saw them relegated from the top flight last season and left at the end of the campaign.
“I would like to thank President Massimo Cellino and the Director for this opportunity and for showing great interest and confidence in me from the start,” added Inzaghi.
“I am excited and I will do my best to restore that confidence in me and ensure that this club, which is so important and rich in history, can be proud of me, the players and the club.”
Inzaghi, who won three Serie A titles, two Champions Leagues and the World Cup among other honors during his playing career, takes the reins after Brescia finished seventh in Serie B in 2020/21 ahead of s ’tilt in front of Cittadella in dams.