Chelsea pip Manchester City to the Signing of Jorginho

After a relatively quiet summer, Chelsea are back buzzing and have signed Italy international Jorginho from Napoli after Manchester City pulled out of a £50m deal.

Jorginho, 26, has signed a five-year contract to join former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri at Stamford Bridge.

Last week, City were assured by Jorginho’s agent that the midfielder still wanted to join them, despite Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis saying the player favoured Chelsea.

“I am absolutely ecstatic to be here at Chelsea,” Brazil-born Jorginho said.

“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 deep-lying playmaker had been at Napoli since 2014 and scored four goals in 36 appearances for the side last season as they finished an agonizing second in Serie A.

He scored a penalty in Napoli’s 4-2 Champions League defeat by Manchester City in November and also played for Italy in a 1-1 draw with England in March.

The midfielder will battle for places with stars such as France’s N’Golo Kante, Cesc Fabregas, Timeoue Bakayoko among others.

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