Bad move Pep? Man City will surely regret losing out on £50m target to Chelsea

Manchester City miss out on signing Jorginho

Why Manchester City will regret losing out on Jorginho to Chelsea

Finally, Chelsea’s managerial stalemate is over. The Blues appointed Maurizio Sarri as their new manager and then announced the signing of Italy midfielder Jorginho on Saturday after Man City pulled out of a £50m deal.

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.

For much of the last month, Jorginho was destined to end up at Manchester City after he had already made it clear that he did not want to renew his contract with Napoli. In fact, the 26-year-old was one of Pep Guardiola’s top two summer targets along with Riyad Mahrez but his shock move to Chelsea has left City in the lurch.

The reigning Premier League champions had previously missed out on Fred after he chose to join Manchester United earlier this month. Guardiola then chose Jorginho as the man to eventually replace Fernandinho, 33, at the base of his midfield. And while City will move onto sign other midfield alternatives, Jorginho will be a player Guardiola will certainly regret losing out to Chelsea.


After playing a key role in helping Verona win promotion to Serie A in May 2013, Rafael Benitez, then Napoli manager, signed Jorginho in January 2014. Jorginho won the Coppa Italia and Supercoppa Italiana in his first year in Naples.

But under the guidance of Maurizio Sarri, Jorginho has become one of the most coveted midfielders in Europe. The Italy international has been a key figure in Napoli’s emergence as one of the most exciting teams in Europe, and his efforts this past season were instrumental in the Serie A outfit taking the title race down to the final day.

A deep-lying playmaker by trade, Jorginho has drawn comparisons to the legendary Andrea Pirlo for his technique, passing abilities and reading of the game. He can operate in a variety of different midfield roles, thanks to his work-rate and accuracy of passing.

But he is generally tasked with performing the role of a holding midfielder. The 26-year-old was the glue that held Sarri’s thrilling side together from the base of the midfield, dictating the tempo of the game in a manner that Pirlo did for AC Milan and Juventus.

Pep Guardiola

As far as City are concerned, replacing Fernandinho is going to be a huge task for Guardiola as the Brazilian enters the twilight of his career. In an exciting City side that romped to the title last season, Fernandinho was praised for his role in controlling the games from the base of the midfield, week in and week out.

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Due to all his attributes, Jorginho would have been the ideal player to replace Fernandinho at the Etihad. Jorginho is yet to hit his peak and at 26, he still has room for further improvements in his game. But now that the Brazilian-born Italy international has joined Sarri’s forces at Chelsea, Guardiola and City have nothing but only regret losing out on a gifted player.

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  1. It is a blessing in disguise that we didn’t sign Jorginho whose defence & tackling is poor, has slow speed and can’t shoot from long range. Jorginho is good only in making fine passes.
    I feel sorry for Jorginho missing out on joining City. Napoli definitely bullied him to join CFC.

    City should go for younger and even better options:
    1. Ndombele
    2. Pavard
    3. De Ligt
    4. Tousart

  2. Pep hardly “pulled out” of the agreed deal – Laurentiis rather disingenuously engineered a gazumping. History shows that when you try to make a deal with the Devil, you have to accept the risk of getting burned. I somehow doubt that under this Man City ownership, which has in it’s collective DNA very long memories, this particular Devil will get any truck should he ever want or need anything from our club.

  3. Authors an utter moron, it wasn’t Peps fault, it was Napoli. They wanted more money and knew Sarri was demanding Jorginho Leave with him so led Manchester a dance, De Lampray is always slagging off Manchester City long before this, it was a deliberate act by him. We certainly won’t regret it either when we have Fernandinho, Delph and a few others why can fill the role. Chelsea are no threat to Manchester City, the only rival close enough are Liverpool.

  4. I disagree. This guy seems to lack backbone. Clearly he has let himself be used as a puppet by Di Laurentis. Why would anybody in his position choose the Europe League when the chance was there for Champions League football? It is either money, lack of ambition or lack of guts. He has shown himself to be precisely the kind of player a top Premier League side does not need. City may have dodged a bullet.

    I think it is time for Manchester City to look at the type of player who is about 21 and showing they are good and improving. They tend to wait a year and in that time the player continues to improve and their sale price goes through the roof.

  5. He’s signed for Chelsea there’s no more to be said,he prefers London to Manchester,anyone told him about knife crime,he prefers Sarri to Pep so he doesn’t consider winning trophies but he’s got a bigger pay cheque.
    Oh and he’ll enjoy the Europa League and miss out in playing with Courtois,Willian and Hazard,seems like a plan.

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