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Chelsea are considering to place a bid to sign Manchester City back-up goalkeeper Joe Hart if Thibaut Courtois joins Real Madrid on a £35m move this summer, according to The Sun.

Pep Guardiola, speaking after their last friendly-game against Borussia Dortmund, said: “We have four goalkeepers, we decided today to use Bravo and Joe Hart. What Joe has done in the past 12 years in undeniable and we know his quality.”

Hart, who could represent a target also due to his homegrown status, spent last season on loan with West Ham United facing severe competition from Spanish goalkeeper Adrian. And the Hammers are not expected to be interested in Hart anymore as they completed the signing of Lukasz Fabianski earlier last month.

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Napoli midfielder Jorginho has agreed a five-year contract in the region of £100,000-a-week and will undergo a medical ahead of his move to Chelsea today, reports the London Evening Standard.

Serie A side’s president Aurelio De Laurentiis said yesterday: “Jorginho in the deal? These are separate matters”.

“I accepted Manchester City offer for him two weeks ago, but I will have to apologize with them: if the player prefers to live in London rather than in Manchester I can understand him, then if Chelsea proposes him better wages I can understand him even more and I cannot do anything”

“But Jorginho at Chelsea is not linked to the Sarri deal.”

Jorginho is expected to join Chelsea on a £50m move.

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After confirming that Maurizio Sarri will become new Chelsea boss following the last legal details to be discussed on his deal, Napoli chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis claimed that Jorginho is heading to Stamford Bridge as well, revealing the Italian international rejected an offer from Man City to join the Blues:

Jorginho in the Sarri deal? These are separate matters”

“I accepted Manchester City offer for him two weeks ago, but I will have to apologize with them: if the player prefers to live in London rather than in Manchester I can understand him, then if Chelsea proposes him better wages I can understand him even more and I cannot do anything”

“But Jorginho at Chelsea is not linked to the Sarri deal”

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Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea, now it’s almost official.

Napoli chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis is speaking in this moment in a press conference and claimed the deal is about to be closed:

“Sarri is close to be new Chelsea manager, maybe it will be official tonight. My lawyers are in talks with his lawyers to finalise everything,” the Italian businessman claimed, as quoted by CalcioNapoli24.com .

“Everything it’s upon him, let’s see what happens”

Jorginho in the deal? These are separate matters”

“I accepted Manchester City offer for him two weeks ago, but I will have to apologize with them: if the player prefers to live in London rather than in Manchester I can understand him, then if Chelsea proposes him better wages I can understand him even more and I cannot do anything”

“But Jorginho at Chelsea is not linked to the Sarri deal”

 

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Former Chelsea target Ryad Mahrez has today joined Manchester City on a five-year-deal, as the club’s official website confirmed.

Mahrez, who left Leicester City after winning the title with the Foxes in 2016, said: “I am so pleased to have joined City, a side playing great football under Pep Guardiola. Watching them from afar has been a pleasure. Pep is committed to playing attacking football, which is a perfect for me, and City’s performances last season were outstanding”.

“They’re redefining the English game and I wanted to be a part of it. I think we can be successful over the coming years and I believe my own game can develop under Pep’s management.”

The 27-year-old has opted to take the number 26 shirt.

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According to various reports in Italy and England, in particular by Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport, Chelsea are trying to “beat” Manchester City in the race to sign SS Napoli midfielder Jorginho.

The player already has an agreement with Pep Guardiola‘s team, but the two clubs haven’t agreed a fee to complete the midfielder’s move to Etihad Stadium.

So now Chelsea are offering more money than Manchester City to sign Jorginho, a part of which, as it is understood, would also be used to pay the clause and free Maurizio Sarri from his contract with SS Napoli.

Moreover, midfielder Jean-Michael Seri has been reportedly spotted in London ahead of a potential move to Chelsea. And this could make a move for Jorginho more unlikely.

Jean-Michael Seri in London to complete Chelsea move from OGC Nice

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Chelsea and Juventus are in talks to sign Atletico Madrid centre-back Stefan Savic, as reported SkySport in Italy this morning.

The Montenegro international had a Premier League spell with Manchester City before joining Fiorentina in 2012 as a part of the deal to sign Matija Nastasić from the Serie A side.

Savic spent three seasons with Atletico Madrid and made 36 appearances for the club last season.

 

Chelsea are reportedly monitoring also Newcastle United defender Jamaal Lascelles.

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AS Roma forward Edin Dzeko admitted he wanted to stay at the Serie A side as “nobody wanted me to move to Chelsea”.

It is understood the Blues were closing in on a move to land the Bosnia-Erzegovina striker in January, before the move collapsed. And Dzeko recently told Face TV: “Chelsea is a big challenge and I know what kind of a club that is, I’ve been at Man City and I wasn’t ready to move to Chelsea”.

“Nobody I spoke to wanted me to move to Chelsea so I decided to stay.

Dzeko added: “It has been tough period, a lot of stories and information, true and false, were written, everything went through my head, I wasn’t clear or certain of anything at the time.”

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Maurizio Sarri has yet to be officialy appointed as the new Chelsea manager, but Manchester City‘s coach Pep Guardiola is already waiting for the chance to face the Italian during the next Premier League.

I”f he arrives in the Premier League, it will be a pleasure to play against his side.” – Guardiola told RMC.

Manchester City defeated SS Napoli two times this season in the Champions League, but Guardiola himself was impressed by the quality shown by Sarri’s squad.  “He is one of the best ever.” Guardiola explained. “We judge people for what they have won, but the football played by Napoli this season was like a toast to the sun. He did very well to make sure Napoli put on a show”.

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Chelsea target Jorginho’s agent confirmed “Napoli and Manchester City continue to talk, but we’ll have to see if Carlo Ancelotti wants him or not.”

The midfielder is hot property on the transfer market this summer and has been given a €60m price-tag: the Italian international himself claimed a couple of weeks ago that former Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri was keen to bring him with him to London, should have he signed for Chelsea.

“Ancelotti was a real surprise, but football is dynamic and you turn over a new page quickly,”  the player’s agent, Joao Santos, told Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli.

“Today Jorginho is a Napoli player, he has not signed anything with anyone and Napoli have not negotiated a deal with anyone.

“However, Napoli and Manchester City continue to talk and discuss things calmly. We’ll see what happens in future.

“We’ll have to see if Ancelotti wants Jorginho or not, I don’t know what the situation is right now. The player is certainly appreciated by Pep Guardiola and many other coaches.

We’ll see what happens after the three Italy friendlies.”

If Maurizio Sarri were to take the Chelsea job, would Jorginho be more inclined to follow his former Napoli Coach?

“I don’t know about those negotiations. I can’t hypothesise a move along with Sarri to Chelsea because we don’t know yet whether that’ll happen or not.”

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