From Italy: Chelsea overtake Manchester City in Jorginho race as player’s mother drops hint…

Manchester City could be left red-faced for the second year running with Chelsea now firmly in pole position to sign Jorginho from Napoli, according to Alfredo Pedulla of Sportitalia.

Pedulla, the first to suggest Chelsea were ready to rival City for the 26-year-old, says City could yet raise their offer to try and get Pep his man, but Chelsea have overtaken them as it stands and are looking to land him in a double deal with coach Maurizio Sarri.

He adds that Jorginho’s future is likely to be decided in the next 24 hours, with a major battle now in progress between Manchester City and Chelsea.

Jorginho left Brazil yesterday and flew to Naples to await news on his future. His mother has also started following Chelsea on Instagram, which may be a hint as to her son’s next club.

Should Chelsea succeed in hijacking City’s deal for the talented Italy international, it would be the second summer running that an almost certain ‘done deal’ had been compromised, after Paris Saint-Germain snatched Dani Alves away from City a year ago.

City also missed out on long-term target Alexis Sanchez in January when Manchester United made the Chilean English football’s highest-paid player to lure him to Old Trafford.

If Jorginho does go to Chelsea, Real Madrid’s Mateo Kovacic may be the next name on the list with the Mirror stating fresh enquiries have been made. Juventus ace Miralem Pjanic has also been suggested as an alternative for Jorginho.

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