The new Chelsea manager was prepared to blow his relationship with Pep Guardiola to sign the Italian midfielder
It is a measure of how important Jorginho is to Maurizio Sarri that Chelsea’s new manager was willing to risk a friendship to sign him from Napoli. Business mattered more than his personal relationship with Pep Guardiola, whose plan to strengthen Manchester City’s midfield went up in smoke when Sarri finally arrived in west London last month.
Until that appointment City were at the front of the queue for Jorginho, with a £50m deal for the Brazilian-born Italian midfielder seemingly a formality. Yet the situation changed when Sarri, who built his Napoli side around Jorginho, ended his wait to join Chelsea. The Italian’s bond with Guardiola was not as strong as his admiration for one of the classiest passers in Europe.