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Chelsea 'to hijack Manchester City's Jorginho deal'

Chelsea 'to hijack Jorginho deal'
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Chelsea are reportedly considering a late swoop for Napoli midfielder Jorginho, who has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester City this summer.

Chelsea are reportedly lining up a bid for Napoli midfielder Jorginho as his proposed move to Manchester City continues to drag on.

City have been linked with Jorginho throughout the current transfer window after manager Pep Guardiola identified him as his number one midfield target this summer.

Jorginho is understood to have agreed personal terms with the Premier League champions weeks ago, but discussions are still ongoing between the two clubs as Napoli refuse to lower their asking price.

City are thought to value the Italy international at around £35m, whereas Napoli want closer to £53m despite having already signed a replacement in the form of Fabian Luiz.

The Manchester Evening News reports that Chelsea have now entered the race for Jorginho's signature and could look to hijack the move before City can get it over the line.

Reports that City and Napoli had agreed a £48m deal last week proved to be premature, although City remain Jorginho's preferred destination this summer.

The 26-year-old has been left out of Napoli's pre-season training squad amid the speculation over his future.


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Jorginho in action for Napoli on October 21, 2017
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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City27212474205465
2Liverpool26205159154465
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs26200654252960
4Manchester UnitedMan Utd26156552351751
5Arsenal26155653371650
6Chelsea26155645291650
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2611693433139
8Watford2610793434037
9Everton2796123639-333
10West Ham UnitedWest Ham2696113239-733
11Bournemouth26103133747-1033
12Leicester CityLeicester2695123134-332
13Crystal Palace2676132734-727
14Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2676132839-1127
15Burnley2676132947-1827
16Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2667132234-1225
17Cardiff CityCardiff2674152447-2325
18Southampton2659122844-1624
19Fulham2645172558-3317
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2625191448-3411

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