Manchester City are used to having things their own way in the transfer market.
The Premier League champions recently signed Riyad Mahrez for a club record £60m fee, and the winger won’t be a guaranteed starter by any means.
Players like Jack Rodwell and Fabian Delph were signed for large fees and then not utilised by the already talent-stacked outfit (though Delph has since come into his own in a different position).
Moves go against every club at some stage though, and in the case of Jorginho, Manchester City reportedly feel very angry.
Manchester Evening News report that the Cityzens are ‘furious’ with Napoli having believed that the two clubs had a deal regarding the Italian midfielder for £44m. It was of course revealed earlier today that he had signed with rivals Chelsea for £57m.
The remarkable story claims that the player, whose heart was set on a City move, was ‘bullied’ out of it due to the arrival of Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri at Stamford Bridge, with Chelsea’s £57m bid said to include compensation for also prising the manager from the Serie A side.
Jorginho’s agent Joao Santos was reportedly told that if his client didn’t sign for Chelsea, he would be relegated to the stands for the remainder of his contract. Unwilling to exceed their initial agreement, City pulled out.
If the details (which admittedly most likely came from a hurt City source) prove to be true, it’s an extraordinary look into the background drama that sometimes accompanies footballing transfers.