Chelsea completes €40m deal for Italian defender

Jo Caldwell
July 11, 2018

But away from that complicated saga, Chelsea are now closing in on their first piece of business.

And according to Gianluca Di Marzio of Sky Italia, one of those who had reported that City had an agreement with Napoli for the player, Jorginho is now expected to leave Napoli in a €65million double deal with Sarri.

The Chelsea players had only received word from Antonio Conte's staff this week that they would be returning for a full pre-season training camp starting on Monday.

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Maurizio Sarri was said to have been lined up to take over at Stamford Bridge and it appeared to be a matter of time before a deal was confirmed when Napoli sacked him in May for taking too long to decide on his future.

The Serie A side's president Aurelio De Laurentiis has been holding out for the £7 million ($9.2m) release clause, with lawyers continuing to work to secure the move that both the London club and Sarri want.

For their part, Napoli have already replaced Sarri with former Blues manager Carlo Ancelotti, who started the new role on July 1.

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The prolonged uncertainty surrounding Conte and Sarri has had a paralysing effect on Chelsea's transfer plans in a window already complicated by the World Cup and compressed by the Premier League's earlier deadline, set for August 9.

Once installed as Conte's successor, Sarri is likely to press ahead with moves for Aleksandr Golovin and highly-rated Juventus defender Daniel Rugani. Chelsea finished a disappointing season in seventh and have missed out on competing in the Champions League next year.

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