City have not given up on the player, having reached an agreement on personal terms with him two weeks ago, although there is a fear Jorginho could have become a pawn in the Sarri situation.
Some Chelsea fans weren't terribly upset by the news. The situation around the club has been confusing over the past few days as Antonio Conte returned to begin the pre-season sessions with the players.More news: Mosquito pool tests positive for West Nile Virus in Windsor
Chelsea hoped that another club might attempt to buy Conte out of the final year of his Stamford Bridge contract as he was unwilling to resign, but Paris Saint-Germain's appointment of Thomas Tuchel and Real Madrid's choice of Julen Lopetegui eliminated the possibility. It's all in the hands of lawyers. This may be more of a one-way deal as Sarri is incredibly keen to bring the Belgian to the club however Napoli are unlikely to let one of their star players go, especially given the firepower that title rivals Juventus have just brought in.
Their relationship has appeared strained ever since Conte took over at Stamford Bridge as Matic and Kante were preferred by the Italian, and the player has since admitted that the appointment was probably the reason he didn't make it in Spain's Russian Federation 2018 squad.
And The Sun have now delved into why Chelsea have finally made the decision to put Conte out of his misery.More news: Downton Abbey movie officially a go with returning cast
"Jorginho joining Chelsea does not depend on Sarri [joining Chelsea]", concluded De Laurentiis.
In his first season in charge, Chelsea set a wins record with 30, finishing atop the Premier League table, comfortably ahead of Tottenham Hotspur in second place.
He can operate in a variety of different midfield roles thanks to his work-rate, and accuracy of passing but is generally seen as a creator.More news: University of Louisville removes Papa John's name from Cardinal Stadium
Chelsea has yet to make a signing during this offseason transfer period.