Napoli president confirms Maurizio Sarri and Jorginho are heading to Chelsea

The Blues have been working on a joint deal for the highly-regarded manager, 59, and 26-year-old midfielder.

And they are on the brink of announcing the moves after De Laurentiis gave an update on the situation.

The supremo, 69, said: “Sarri is close to be new Chelsea manager.

"My lawyers are in talks with his lawyers to finalise everything.

“I’m sorry with Manchester City because we reached an agreement for Jorginho 15 days ago.

"But Chelsea is going to offer more to Napoli and to Jorginho for his contract, so he’ll join Chelsea I guess.”

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Brazil-born Italy international Jorginho hosted a goodbye meal with his team-mates last night and reportedly ended up in tears as he bid farewell.

Manchester City have been chasing him all summer but look set to lose out after the ace was apparently spotted in an airport heading for London.

The Blues have been locked in discussions over the Sarri's release clause despite Carlo Ancelotti already being brought in as his replacement.

And by including Jorginho in the deal, they appear to have got everything over the line with just red tape standing in the way of an announcement.


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