Chelsea transfer news: Jorginho flies to London after snubbing Man City and Pep Guardiola | Football | Sport


Jorginho had been strongly linked with a move to Manchester City with Pep Guardiola viewing him as a long-term replacement for Fernandinho.

But Chelsea have trumped them by offering Napoli £57.5million for the midfielder.

Italian outlet CalcioNapoli24 have footage of Jorginho at the airport claiming he is on the way to London.

And Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has revealed the player has opted to play in London over Manchester.

“The [Maurizio] Sarri deal is in the homestretch, it depends on him,” De Laurentiis said.

“I’ve laid down my conditions. It’s all in the hands of lawyers. Jorginho? We said to ourselves, ‘If Jorginho has any requests, we’ll take them into account’.

“For that, I’ll have to apologise to Manchester City. However, if the player would rather live in London than Manchester, I can understand that.

“If Chelsea are paying him even more, I can understand that too. Jorginho and Sarri together again? Jorginho would go to Chelsea regardless of Sarri.”

Jorginho would be Chelsea’s first signing of the transfer window and he looks set to be joined by former manager at Napoli, Maurizio Sarri.

De Laurentiis has confirmed a breakthrough has been reached and talks to finalise Sarri’s exit are ongoing.

De Laurentiis said: “Sarri is close to be new Chelsea manager.

“My lawyers are in talks with his lawyers to finalise everything.”

Sarri’s arrival at Chelsea would spell the end of Antonio Conte’s reign as the club.

Conte has taken pre-season training this week but is finally set to be sacked after weeks of speculation.

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