The Italian coach has been heavily linked with the manager's job at Stamford Bridge, despite the fact that Antonio Conte remains in charge.
While that view is unlikely to have changed, especially considering that Mertens's £24.5 million Napoli release clause expired last week, Sarri has reportedly told friends that he wants to take the forward with him to his next club after being replaced by Carlo Ancelotti at the Serie A club.
However, Sarri has his own plans for Chelsea's strike force and it has been claimed that he is plotting to reunite with one of his former players in west London.
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The 48-year-old becomes the latest in a long list of managers that Roman Abramovich has dumped.
Indeed, the Telegraph are reporting that he is eager to sign a player who Conte tried to bring to Chelsea - twice. The Belgian global was also a target for Antonio Conte, who failed to convince the West Londoners to sign him for last two summer transfer windows.
The Italian head coach will have his work cut out at Chelsea FC after the Blues finished in fifth spot in the Premier League table last term to miss out on Champions League football for the 2017-18 season. The 22-year-old performed admirably but succumbed to errors in crunch games which proved to be Chelsea's weak link throughout the season.
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However, despite fresh interest from Chelsea this summer, Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has identified Koulibaly as one of the players who is too important to lose.
Mertens offered a reminder of what he is capable of at the FIFA World Cup on Monday, netting a stunning volley for his country in their 3-0 win over Panama.
That's where he plays for Belgium, on the opposite flank to Eden Hazard.
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