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Chelsea beat Manchester City to land Jorginho in £57m deal

Chelsea beat City to land Jorginho in £57m deal
By Eurosport

14/07/2018 at 20:31Updated 14/07/2018 at 22:35

Chelsea have signed Italy international Jorginho from Napoli in a £57m deal after Manchester City withdrew their interest in the midfielder.

"It is not easy to become part of such a big team so I am very, very happy. I am excited to play in such an intense league for a team that gives everything to play and win."

The Brazilian-born 26-year-old Jorginho made 36 appearances, scoring four times as Napoli finished second in Serie A last term.

He was also involved in Napoli's 4-2 defeat to City last November and faced England in a 1-1 friendly draw in March.

City had agreed a £44m deal a fortnight ago for the eight-times capped player according to reports, but apparently withdrew interest when the price rose.

City are also said to be furious at the handling of the situation by the player's agent Joao Santos and Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis.

Jorginho played an important role in Sarri's Napoli and the deep-lying playmaker is seen as the perfect fit for the high-tempo, possession-based style of play that the new boss is expected to bring to Chelsea.

"He was one of the most coveted midfielders in Europe and will become an important member of the playing squad," Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia said.

"He has demonstrated his quality working under Maurizio Sarri and we are convinced his signing will help bring further success to Stamford Bridge."