Jorginho Completes Chelsea Move from Napoli for £50M Fee

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistJuly 14, 2018

NAPLES, ITALY - MARCH 18:  Jorginho of SSC Napoli drives the ball during the serie A match between SSC Napoli v Genoa CFC at Stadio San Paolo on March 18, 2018 in Naples, Italy.  (Photo by Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images)
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Chelsea completed the signing of Napoli midfielder Jorginho on a five-year deal on Saturday.

The Blues confirmed the signing via Twitter:

Chelsea FC @ChelseaFC

Jorginho is a Blue! 🙌 #WelcomeJorginho https://t.co/Uwh5h3gecx

In a statement on Chelsea's website, 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."

The Italy international will join up with former Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri, who was announced as Antonio Conte's successor as Chelsea manager earlier in the day. Goal UK reported the Blues paid £50 million for the player. 

Jorginho, 26, was previously heavily linked to Manchester City, with Luke Edwards in the Telegraph reporting the club was close to signing the midfielder as recently as July 5.

It is something of a coup, then, that Chelsea have managed to snap him up ahead of the runaway 2017-18 Premier League champions.

Born in Brazil, Jorginho proved over the past three seasons at Napoli under Sarri that he is one of the best midfielders in Europe.

His reading of the game is masterful, while his passing statistics are unrivalled, as Squawka highlighted:

Squawka Football @Squawka

Jorginho played more passes in the league in 2017/18 than another player in Europe's top five divisions. • 3,197 attempted • 2,860 completed He averaged a pass once every 50 seconds. 🕰 https://t.co/8BJMYM4pRE

Chelsea have plenty of options in the middle of the park, but only N'Golo Kante could be described as consistent.

Danny Drinkwater and Tiemoue Bakayoko have disappointed since joining the club last summer, while the 31-year-old Cesc Fabregas is past his best.

Jorginho will provide Chelsea with a new dimension in the engine room and should form a formidable partnership with the similarly impressive Kante.