The 26-year-old has been wanted by some of European football’s top clubs for the last several months now, with City repeatedly linked with a big-money deal to bring the ball-playing midfielder to the Etihad for the start of the 2018/19 campaign.
Given City’s financial power, and the lure of playing for Pep Guardiola’s champions, it looked like Jorginho’s move to the Sky Blues was a formality, but it turns out he’ll be moving to Stamford Bridge instead, according to Napoli’s president Aurelio De Laurentiis.
Jorginho’s former Naples manager Maurizio Sarri is expected to take up the reins at the Bridge as the London club’s new manager, and living in the capital appears to have played a big part in swaying the move in Chelsea’s favour – much to the enjoyment of their rival fans on social media:
Chelsea snatching Jorginho from City like
— DonkeysOut (@CarvalhoJTElite) July 10, 2018
Jorginho snubbed Manchester City for Chelsea.
In other news, I’m renaming girlfriend Jorginho.
— Alex Goldberg (@AlexGoldberg_) July 11, 2018
If we sign Jorginho without Champions league football & ahead of City then Sarri already deserves a new contract on top of the contract he's going to sign soon lool he's pulling strings already
— َ (@HazardEdition) July 10, 2018
Sarri pulled Jorginho from City, Conte got turned down by Oxlade-fucking-Chamberlain.
Levels to this shit.
— Technocratic-Keynesian (@CaptainJacobo) July 11, 2018
Jorginho rejects City’s oil dollars to sign for Chelsea. 😍
Passion > Money. 💰
— SarriDaily. 🚬 (@CarefreeDailyFC) July 11, 2018
Agent : Jorginho, city agreed with Napoli, do you want to go live in Manchester
— DonkeysOut (@CarvalhoJTElite) July 11, 2018
Jorginho rejected Manchester City to join Chelsea not because of London but he wants to join a big club not a club on par with Napoli
— Ali🇬🇭🇧🇪🇫🇷 (@TheBeardedRauI) July 11, 2018
Just can’t believe Jorginho would choose Chelsea over City. Especially after all those stories of how he was inspired by Steve Lomas.
— United In Focus (@UnitedInFocus) July 11, 2018
Van Persie rejected City for United Sanchez rejected City for United
Fred rejected City for United Jorginho rejected City for Chelsea.
— James. 🏴 (@mufcszn) July 11, 2018
Just a reminder that Manchester City have now been rejected by Dani Alves, Alexis Sánchez, Fred and now Jorginho, all in the space of 12-months. But I thought no one says no to Pep?
— Ryan. 🔴 (@Vintage_Utd) July 11, 2018
Is this an embarrassing situation for City? And who do they turn to next?