Chelsea 'make late approach for Jorginho to snatch Manchester City target'


The Italian has widely been expected to be given the boot this summer after the 2016/17 Premier League champions endured a torrid defence of their title, finishing fifth.

While a number of his players have been away on worldwide duty at the World Cup, those who have not been to Russian Federation have returned to Chelsea's Cobham training ground to start getting into shape once again.

One player he had fallen out with was Willian, who made his feelings toward his manager hilariously clear by covering him up with emojis on an Instagram story celebrating Chelsea's success over Manchester United in the FA Cup final.

The Stamford Bridge club have been looking to sack Antonio Conte all summer but have run into several problems.

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Chelsea plan to replace Conte with Maurizio Sarri and have been in talks to extricate the 59-year-old from his contractual obligation to Napoli for more than a month, but the situation remains unresolved.

Jorginho was thought to be a target for Liverpool FC last season before the Citizens entered the race to sign the highly rated defensive midfielder.

Conte is also holding out for his £9m and intends to work his previous year of his contract unless he gets it, having not had any concrete offers from other clubs and after turning down Italy's interest in re-appointing him.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte returned to the club to oversee their first full day of pre-season training this afternoon, despite ongoing speculation over his future.