Manchester City have reportedly been left furious at the agent of midfielder Jorginho after Chelsea beat them to the deal.
City identified Jorginho as their ideal target for the central midfielder position that Pep Guardiola desperately wanted to strengthen.
But they have been left ‘furious’ with Napoli, who they believe have ‘bullied’ the player into joining Chelsea instead.
The Manchester Evening News claim that City ‘had shaken hands’ on a £44million deal two weeks ago, with the player even agreeing personal terms.
But ‘everything changed’ when Chelsea started chasing Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri, trying to include Jorginho in a £57m double deal.
‘Napoli then contacted the player’s agent to say if he did not accept Chelsea’s terms he would be sitting in the stand for the remaining two years of his contract,’ claim the MEN.
City are ‘unhappy’ that Jorginho’s agent, Joao Santos, did not ‘stand up’ to Napoli after they made their demands.
Their refusal to renegotiate a fee, part of their ‘policy of refusing to pay beyond what they feel a player is worth’, means City stepped away from the deal.
Chelsea announced the signing of Jorginho on Saturday, mere hours after appointing Sarri.
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