The representative of Jorginho has admitted that Manchester City were initially the favourites to sign the Italian from Napoli before Chelsea pounced on his signature. The Italy international was deemed to have already finalised personal terms with the Citizens but the deal could not go through amid the club’s failure to meet Napoli’s asking price.
Speaking to Radio Kiss Kiss, agent Joao Santos confirmed that personal terms were agreed with the Premier League holders but they were still far off from matching the price tag on the midfielder’s head. As such, the Blues managed to hijack the move at an advanced stage with Jorginho getting the opportunity to reunite with ex-Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri in London.
Edinson Cavani is set for talks with Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis to establish whether or not he will be leaving the club this summer, according to Sky Sports.
The 26 year old has been heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge, while Real Madrid, Manchester City and Manchester United are also said to be interested.
However, his buyout clause of £54million has deterred suitors from making a move for the player, who scored in Uruguay’s 2-1 Confederations Cup defeat to Brazil yesterday evening.
Meanwhile, the club have been linked with a move for highly rated Verona midfielder Jorginho, the Express understands.
The 21 year old played in all but one of the Serie B side’s league games last season, scoring twice to help them secure a return to the top tier.
Arsenal had reportedly been considering an approach in January, with Verona requesting a fee of £6m for his services.
Elsewhere, TalkSport have claimed that PSV Eindhoven look set to complete a deal for Chelsea defender Jeffrey Bruma.
The Dutch international made just a handful of appearances for the Blues before being sent out on loan to Leicester City in February 2011, while he has the past two seasons with Bundesliga side Hamburger SV.