Chelsea midfielder Jorginho agreed terms on a move to Manchester City before moving to Stamford Bridge, but Napoli failed to settle on a fee with the English champions, the player’s agent has confirmed.
The Italy international signed for the Blues for £52m ($67m) after leaving Serie A, following Maurizio Sarri to the club who left Naples to replace Antonio Conte as manager this summer.
The 26-year-old has made a fantastic start to life in the Premier League, featuring in all four of Chelsea’s opening fixtures at the start of the 2018-19 campaign.
Jorginho has slotted into the starting XI seamlessly and impressed with his slick technical ability and astute positional sense as Sarri’s men have won all of their games so far.
However, as revealed by Goal back in April , London was not his first choice destination during the transfer window as City had lined up a stunning deal to bring him to Manchester.
Jorginho’s agent, Joao Santos, has now publicly backed those reports and stated that his player initially agreed on a move to the Etihad.
He told Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli on Thursday : “It was all done with Jorginho. 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.”
Santos then went on to state that Jorginho has quickly put the disappointment of that failed move behind him and claimed that he already feels at home with Chelsea after his winning start.
“He’s really enjoying it at Chelsea, the team is on a roll and has won four matches out of four,” added Santos. “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.”
The former Napoli stalwart has been selected for Italy’s squad ahead of Friday’s friendly against Poland, under the stewardship of new national coach Roberto Mancini.
The Azzurri failed to qualify for the World Cup in Russia but with Jorginho pulling the strings in midfield, there is every chance the team will quickly get back to winning ways.