Agent reveals how close Chelsea’s Champions League winning midfielder was to joining Manchester City

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Jorginho’s agent Joao Santos has given more details to how Chelsea hijacked Jorginho’s transfer from Napoli.

The Brazilian-born Italy international was on the verge or completing a move from Napoli to Manchester City, but Chelsea came in and hijacked the deal for the midfielder.

Chelsea would eventually pay £58m to sign Jorginho, as he was keen to follow Maurizio Sarri to Stamford Bridge.

“It was Napoli’s choice,” Jorginho’s agent Joao Santos explained to Football Italia. “They were negotiating with Manchester City, but then they began talks with Chelsea, and that’s where we ended up.

“We have nothing against Manchester City. Playing at Manchester City under Pep Guardiola would have been satisfying, but that’s how transfers work.

“Sometimes things can change very quickly. We respect Guardiola, Manchester City and their director Tixi [Begiristain].

Santos added that City boss Pep Guardiola had no say in negotiations, and that it was the opportunity to continue working with Sarri that ultimately swayed his client.

“There was no reason to [convince him],” he explained.

“Jorginho was convinced to join City, but in the end, the situation changed, so we moved to Chelsea, a great club.

“He went there with Maurizio Sarri. He knew it would have been a unique experience in a top club.”

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