With all the talk at Chelsea currently about the managerial situation as Antonio Conte has parted ways with the club, it is refreshing for fans to see something slightly different. One of the big stories coming out of Cobham is that Italian midfielder Jorginho is now a Chelsea player after being confirmed on Saturday morning.

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He will join his former boss Maurizio Sarri at Stamford Bridge following official confirmation of his appointment in West London. It is a fantastic double signing for the FA Cup winners and despite taking so long, it’s a great opening to their transfer window.

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Stability in the middle of the park was certainly one of Chelsea’s weaknesses last season as they were forced to accept a campaign of Europa League football. N’Golo Kante had a brilliant 12 months but was surrounded by incompetence for large parts with Cesc Fabregas, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Danny Drinkwater and later Ross Barkley all failing to rise to the challenge.

Jorginho brings quality and composure as well as a perfect partner to the energetic Kante, playing perfectly into the hands of any new system implemented by Sarri. News of a potential move to Barcelona for the Frenchman will be the last thing Blues fans want to see but the former Leicester star might be persuaded to stay by his new manager.

Last term was Jorginho’s real breakthrough season at Napoli as the Brazilian-born midfielder was integral to his side’s fairytale title challenge, that was ultimately unsuccessful. Going largely unnoticed alongside the attacking talent of Dries Mertens, Lorenzo Insigne and Jose Callejon made the 26-year-olds’s job much easier and more effective.

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However, it did attract earlier transfer window interest from Manchester City whose forays surprisingly failed, opening the door for Chelsea to try their luck. That luck has reaped reward as the £57 million man has been confirmed as the Blues’ new number 5.


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