Man City are not particularly happy about the manner in which Chelsea stole in to snatch Jorginho from Napoli right beneath their noses.
The Blues sealed a £57million deal for the Italian international midfielder this morning, just days after the player’s agent all but confirmed the 26-year-old would be heading to the Etihad.
Having agreed a £50million fee with Napoli just a week beforehand, City and are now reportedly claiming that the Serie A club used heavy-handed tactics to influence proceedings in Chelsea’s favour.
According to Jack Gaughan, northern football correspondent for the Daily Mail, City are “furious” about the manner in which the Partenopei operated.
City claim Napoli bullied him (Jorginho) into going to Chelsea and said they’d force player to see out last two years of his contract if he didn’t go there.
Napoli’s [conduct was] “unprofessional” and City have “never seen an agreement reneged on like this before”.
The fact that Chelsea offered £7million more for Jorginho obviously wasn’t a factor then?
And forcing a player into seeing out the last two years of a contract they wilfully signed should a transfer fall through doesn’t seem like much of a punishment in the grand scheme of things either – pretty much par for the course, in fact.
Pies verdict? This is either City attempting to save face by playing the victim card on Jorginho’s behalf, or it’s what might best be described as ‘fanciful gap-filling-innery’.