Juventus to pay Sarri up to £27m after sacking ex-Chelsea boss as Pochettino front-runner to replace him

JUVENTUS could pay Maurizio Sarri up to £27million in compensation after sacking the Italian.

And now Mauricio Pochettino is the early favourite to replace Sarri in the dugout at the Allianz Stadium.

The Old Lady decided to give Sarri the boot on Saturday, not even 24 hours after his side crashed out of the Champions League.

But because Sarri penned a three-year deal when he took over last summer, worth a basic figure of around £5m per season, Juve are obliged to pay out the remainder of his contract.

But reports suggest Juventus president Andrea Agnelli must shell out between £18m and £27m to cover the compensation package depending on whether he gets another job within the next two years.

The former Chelsea boss lost the Supercoppa Italiana in December to Lazio and then the Coppa Italia final on penalties to his old side Napoli in June.

And despite winning the Serie A title, pipping Inter Milan by just one point after losing seven league matches, success in Europe was a necessity.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice in the second leg of the Champions League last-16 tie with Lyon but it was not enough as the Ligue 1 side progressed on away goals.

Juve said: "Juventus Football Club announces that Maurizio Sarri has been relieved of his post as coach of the First Team.

"The club would like to thank the coach for having written a new page in Juventus' history with the victory of the ninth-consecutive championship, the culmination of a personal journey that led him to climb all the divisions of Italian football."

The Old Lady want Pochettino to take over and have reportedly already made contact with him.

The former Tottenham boss is currently without a club following his sacking at White Hart Lane last November.

Agnelli's No1 choice to replace Sarri would be club legend Zinedine Zidane, who also crashed out of the Champions League on Friday night.

Lazio boss Simone Inzaghi's name has also been mentioned but with neither man expected to quit their current clubs this summer, the available Poch is the more likely option.

That is despite the fact he would demand around double the wages Sarri was on.

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