Manchester City fume over Jorginho’s Chelsea transfer

Manchester City are angry with Napoli after president Aurelio De Laurentiis claimed top target Jorginho was joining Chelsea.

City feel hugely let down by Napoli because they understood they had agreed an outline deal with the Serie A club 15 days ago for Jorginho’s £48.7million transfer.

Jorginho’s agent Joao Santos had also lead them to believe the Italy midfielder was keen to play under Pep Guardiola at the Etihad.

City have still to hear from either Jorginho or Santos that he is definitely joining Chelsea and suspect that he is being used as a pawn in the Londoners’ talks with Napoli over Maurizio Sarri.

Chelsea met De Laurentiis on Monday to thrash out the terms of Sarri’s compensation deal to allow him to come to Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea brought up Jorginho and it is understood they have told Napoli they will pay them £50.4million for the Brazil-born player and £7.1million compensation for Sarri.

City have spent all summer pursuing Jorginho and feel the deal to bring him to the Etihad may not be dead just yet.

They will wait for Jorginho to say he has definitely changed his mind before they move on to their other midfield targets.

Jorginho flew to London from Naples on Wednesday after holding a farewell dinner for his friends and team-mates last night.

De Laurentiis has apologised to City for Jorginho’s snub, claiming he prefers to live in London and that Chelsea had offered him more money.

The Napoli chief said: “These offers did not start from Chelsea, but from Manchester City.

“As a matter of fact, I will apologise 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 apologise 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.”

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