According to reports, Napoli midfielder Jorginho is set to join Chelsea after being strongly linked with a move to Manchester City all summer, along with Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri, according to the Evening Standard.
Report according to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano on Twitter claimed, €65m-rated’s deal to join Chelsea is set to cost the FA Cup holders a whooping £57m.
Napoli’s president De Laurentiis had previously claimed the Serie A club rejected a bid of £44m (€50m) from Premier League champions Manchester City for the midfielder and it’s believed the Citizens have been locked in talks with Napoli for asking price to sign Jorginho for weeks.
The president revealed he had already agreed a deal for the sale of the midfielder with Man City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak over two weeks ago but, but as reported by Sky Sports Italy, Chelsea have since come back with a bigger offer, both in the players’ wages and fee.
Regarding Jorginho’s transfer to Chelsea, De Laurentiis said:
“These offers did not start from Chelsea, but from Manchester City. As a matter of fact, I will apologize to Khaldoon [Al Mubarak], because I found a deal with Khaldoon 15 days ago.
“He called me, we spoke on the phone and I said, ‘ok, I don’t agree with you on A, B, C’. ‘Let’s solve the situation the two of us’, he told me. And we did it, we solved it.
“However, if for personal reasons I won’t get into, the player prefers to live in London rather than in Manchester, I can understand him.
“If Chelsea pay him more, I can understand it too. So I can just apologize to Khaldoon.
“But it does not depend on me. If Jorginho moves to Chelsea, my agreement with Abramovich does not depend on Sarri becoming their next manager.”
The president also revealed the Blues are close to finalising a deal for Maurizio Sarri as Antonio Conte replacement this summer, meaning Jorginho would be reunited with his former boss at Stamford Bridge.
De Laurentiis said:
“Sarri is close to being new Chelsea manager. My lawyers are in talks with his lawyers to finalise everything.”