Italian midfielder Jorginho is said to have had medicals with Chelsea ahead of a potential move, according to reports.
Jorginho was strongly linked with a move to Manchester City at the opening of the transfer window but he opted to follow his coach Maurizio Sarri to Stamford Bridge instead.
Following the sack of Antonio Conte, Sarri is expected to assume the reins of Chelsea, and it is widely reported that the Blues have earmarked £140m for him to spend in the transfer window.
Confirming the sack of Conte, Chelsea released a statement:
“Chelsea Football Club and Antonio Conte have parted company.
“During Antonio’s time at the club, we won our sixth league title and eighth FA Cup. In the title winning season, the club set a then-record 30 wins in a 38-game Premier League season, as well as a club-record 13 consecutive league victories.
“We wish Antonio every success in his future career.”
Meanwhile, Chelsea entered a £57.4million agreement with Napoli, which includes the sell-on clause for Sarri. Nonetheless, Napoli president De Laurentiis is seeking assurances from Sarri that he would not sign any other player from the Naples based club.
Jorginho will become the first summer signing of Chelsea after agreeing £102,000 a week deal on a five years deal. He was said to have medicals with the Blues on Thursday.
Jorginho’s Chelsea medical is reportedly ongoing, the midfielder has already agreed a five-year contract worth up to 115.000 € a week. #Mercato
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The arrival of Jorginho will affect the place of either Fabregas or Bakayoko but Sarri will have a plethora of options to choose from. In Jorginho, Chelsea would have signed a perfect midfield partner for N’golo Kante.
The deal is expected to be completed today.