Chelsea and Conte return to pre-season training


Jorginho prefers a move to Manchester City over Chelsea, it has been claimed, despite the Blues offering more money for the Italy global midfielder.

Many assumed that his proposed move to Premier League champions Manchester City was a done deal - as did we.

An agreement in principle is in place to bring Sarri to West London, but Chelsea still need to work with Napoli to secure his release from his contract.

Former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri has always been tipped as Conte's successor, but talks between the two clubs are understood to have reached an impasse as they look to agree on a compensation package.

Previous reports have suggested that Chelsea would pay Napoli €5m in compensation, but that has now increased dramatically and has only added to the uncertainty surrounding the situation.

The Italian side are keen to wring as much money out of the deal as possible, even though they have already bought a replacement for him in the form of £26million Fabian Luiz.

The problem remains in that City are not willing to go over their £50million valuation, whereas Napoli are apparently holding out for a figure closer to £60million for Jorginho.

CSKA Moscow midfielder and Russia World Cup star Aleksandr Golovin looks very likely to become the club's first addition of the summer for a fee of around £27m ($35.7m), with Juventus's Daniele Rugani having also had talks over a move.

City's first pre-season friendly sees them take on Borussia Dortmund on July 21.