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Manchester United and Liverpool target Jorginho has reportedly told friends that his current manager, Maurizio Sarri, wants to take him to Chelsea if he replaces Antonio Conte.
Conte looks set for the exit door at Stamford Bridge with Chelsea on the verge of missing out on a top-four finish just a year after winning the Premier League.
Sarri, the 59-year-old Italian who has worked at Napoli for the past three years, is considered one of the favourites to replace Conte in west London.
One of Sarri’s most influential players in Naples has been Jorginho, the Italy midfielder has featured in over 150 games for Napoli since signing from Verona in 2014.
Jorginho is attracting interest from each member of the Premier League’s top six and, according to The Times, expects to move to England this summer.
It is claimed Manchester City, Man United, Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham have all scouted the Italian extensively in recent weeks and hope to secure his signature for around £53million.
But Chelsea are also in the hunt and the player has reportedly told friends that he believes Sarri would be keen to sign him if he replaces Conte at the end of the season.
Recent reports suggested Manchester United were leading the race to sign Jorginho but his agent insists there has been no contact from Old Trafford chiefs.
‘I heard that Jorge Mendes would like to take him [Jorginho] to United but I do not know anything about it, nobody called me,’ Joao Santos told Radio CRC.
‘At the moment, given the two-year contract with Napoli, the last word is up to De Laurentiis [Napoli’s president].
‘Everyone asks for information, but nobody has made any official offers so I can’t say which track is hotter.
‘I’ve already been to all the English clubs because that’s my job, I get information.
‘If he were to leave Napoli I can say that Jorginho wouldn’t play for any other team, even if he didn’t have any release clause.’