Jorginho’s agent has revealed how close the Chelsea midfielder was to joining Manchester City this summer.
The Italy international became the very first signing under new Blues head coach Maurizio Sarri as he was unveiled just hours after his former boss at Napoli was confirmed as Antonio Conte’s replacement.
In a deal which has reportedly cost the west London outfit in the region of £57m, some were left surprised by Jorginho’s eventual destination as he had been heavily linked with a move to the reigning champions of England where he would have provided competition at the base of midfield to Fernandinho.
However, Pep Guardiola’s side were left high and dry when their Premier League rivals used the appointment of Sarri to their advantage.
Speaking about how exactly this transfer saga was finally resolved, Jorginho’s agent, Joao Santos, has revealed that City were never close to signing the 26-year-old as they hadn’t agreed a fee with the Serie A outfit.
“It was all done with Jorginho,” Joao Santos confirmed on Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli. “There was an agreement, but there was no agreement between the clubs. All parties have to agree, and one did not.
“Then Chelsea asked what the situation was after Sarri arrived and Jorginho went to London. He’s really enjoying it at Chelsea, the team is on a roll and has won four matches out of four. It’s a great start.
“Going to Chelsea was a unique opportunity, the career of a player is very short and now we hope for the best.”
City’s loss has certainly been Chelsea’s gain as Jorginho has been instrumental to their perfect start to the Premier League season.
The midfielder leads the way for passes completed in the top flight of English football after four games (418) and is also top of the list for passes per 90 minutes (104.5).
Currently away on international duty with the Azzurri, Blues supporters will be hopeful Jorginho returns to west London unscathed ahead of games against Cardiff City, PAOK, West Ham United and Liverpool later this month.