Chelsea complete signing of Jorginho from Napoli on five-year deal

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All roads led from Naples to London on Saturday as Chelsea appointed Maurizio Sarri as their new manager and then announced the signing of Italy midfielder Jorginho.

Just hours after announcing ex-Napoli boss Sarri as Antonio Conte’s replacement on a three-year deal, Jorginho was unveiled on a five-year contract.

The 26-year-old had been linked with a move to Manchester City, but has landed in London instead.

Jorginho said: “I am absolutely ecstatic to be here at Chelsea.

“It is not easy to become part of such a big team so I am very, very happy. I am excited to play in such an intense league, for a team that gives everything to play and win.”

Director Marina Granovskaia added: “We are delighted to welcome Maurizio and are looking forward to him bringing his football philosophy to Chelsea.

“Maurizio’s Napoli side played some of the most exciting football in Europe, impressing with their attacking approach and dynamism, and his coaching methods significantly improved the players at his disposal.”

On Jorginho, Granovskaia added that Chelsea had signed one of “the most coveted midfielders in Europe” and that: “He has demonstrated his quality working under Maurizio Sarri and we are convinced his signing will help bring further success to Stamford Bridge.”

Sarri becomes Chelsea’s 13th permanent boss of Roman Abramovich’s ownership, which began in June 2003.

His first game in charge will be in the friendly with Perth Glory on July 23.

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Transfer predictor: Karim Benzema to Napoli scores a 3, Domagoj Vida's switch to Liverpool gets a 6

David Cooper 14/07/2018
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The summer transfer window for all international deals is well and truly open!

With the transfer rumours growing in pace and volume during this ‘silly season’, it can be difficult and painstaking to separate the stories of some legitimacy from the rest of the noise.

Fortunately, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to do it for you.

Below, you’ll find some of the latest transfer news churned out of the rumour mill broken down and analysed for your benefit along with our calculated predictions.

KARIM BENZEMA – REAL MADRID TO NAPOLI

The Real Madrid forward has been linked with a move to Napoli, according to Tuttosport.

Why it will happen: The 30-year-old was heavily criticised for below-par performances last season and there is speculation that Valencia’s Rodrigo Moreno could replace him this summer.

Why it won’t happen: The Frenchman only signed a new four-year deal last September and is reportedly happy at the Bernabeu.

Prediction: After winning his third successive Champions League title, it looks unlikely Benzema will leave the Spanish capital, especially when he is a central part of a winning team.

Rating – 3/10

DOMAGOJ VIDA – BESIKTAS TO LIVERPOOL

Liverpool have increased their offer to sign the highly-rated Croatia centre-back, according to Fanatik.

Why it will happen: Vida has impressed at the World Cup alongside current Liverpool star Dejan Lovren, helping Croatia to the final against France. And with Ragnar Klavan and Joel Matip failing to shine for the Reds, Jurgen Klopp is set to prepare a bid for the Besiktas player.

Why it won’t happen: At 29 and untested in the Premier League, it’s not a given that Vida would excel in Klopp’s side.

Prediction: It remains to be seen whether or not Liverpool want to break the bank for a player who turns 30 next year, though the prospect of Vida linking up with fellow countryman Lovren at the heart of their defence is a welcome proposition.

Rating – 6/10

MALCOM 

Inter Milan are in pole position to sign the Bordeaux striker, according to the Times.

Why it will happen: The former Corinthians man was one of the mainstays for Bordeaux in Ligue 1 last season and would be a great addition to Luciano Spalleti’s side.

Why it won’t happen: The Serie A outfit are reported to have offered €40m to secure the Brazilian’s services. However, Bordeaux are believed to be looking for €50m for the 21-year-old wonderkid – a fee Inter would be unwilling to pay.

Prediction: It may rumble on for a bit, but Inter seem like a good fit for Malcom to further his development.

Rating – 7/10

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Domagoj Vida headlines our Rumour Mill as Liverpool bid for Croatia star

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As the World Cup draws to its conclusion, there’s another way to get your football fix – by keeping your ear to the ground for the latest transfer stories.

There’s a near competitive-football-free month for most of Europe’s clubs – and beyond – to get deals done, and it could spark a mad scramble with the Premier League’s transfer window slamming shut on August 9.

Here, we look at the latest transfer deals that could happen very soon.

Let us know your thoughts via Twitter and Facebook.

DOMAGOJ VIDA

Liverpool have increased their offer to sign the highly-rated Croatia centre-back, according to Fanatik.

The Merseysiders had an initial bid of £16million knocked back for the World Cup defender, who plies his trade at club level with Besiktas.

The Turkish publication carried the news but also suggested the Reds will have to match Besiktas’ valuation of the 29-year-old, which stands at close to £31m.

It remains to be seen whether or not Liverpool want to break the bank for the 29-year-old though the prospect of Vida linking up with fellow countryman Dejan Lovren at the heart of their defence next term is a welcome proposition.

MALCOM

Inter Milan are in pole position to sign the Bordeaux striker, according to the Times.

The Serie A outfit are reported to have offered €40m to secure the Brazilian’s services. However, Bordeaux are believed to be looking for €50m for the 21-year-old wonderkid – a fee Inter would be unwilling to pay.

The former Corinthians man was one of the mainstays for Bordeaux in Ligue 1 last season, scoring 12 goals and providing seven assists in all competitions.

As Inter boss Luciano Spalleti looks to strengthen his squad, the ace marksman could inject more class in an already star-studded attack.

WILFRIED ZAHA

Everton are preparing to launch a fresh bid for the Crystal Palace ace, according to the Daily Star.

The Toffees remain interested in the Ivory Coast forward and are confident of landing the 25-year-old during the summer transfer window.

With the mixed form of Yannick Bolasie, Everton boss Marco Silva is lining up this latest push to strengthen his attacking options ahead of the new season.

Zaha will cost in excess of £50m and although his contract runs until 2022, Palace are determined to hold on to him.

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