Carlo Ancelotti takes Napoli training with Maurizio Sarri absent

Chelsea are attempting to snatch Jorginho from Napoli under Manchester City's noses.

The agreement with Conte is in place and Sarri now expects his appointment on a three-year contract worth around £5.6million a year after tax to be ratified on Monday. The 48-year-old won the Premier League title in his first year as Chelsea boss in 2017 and then guided them to the FA Cup in May.

The problem remains in that City are not willing to go over their £50million valuation, whereas Napoli are apparently holding out for a figure closer to £60million for Jorginho.

The prolonged uncertainty surrounding Conte and Sarri has had a paralysing effect on Chelsea's transfer plans in a window already complicated by the World Cup and compressed by the Premier League's earlier deadline, set for August 9.

But the sight of Conte returning to pre-season training for the 2018/19 campaign has seemingly confirmed a couple of things: that, amazingly, Chelsea have kept Conte on as manager and, secondly, that Willian will seek a new club immediately.

The report claimed that Rugani's arrival is a big hint that manager, Maurizio Sarri is closing in on his move to Stamford Bridge.

The Manchester Evening News is reporting that the midfielder is still desperate to join the Premier League champions after he agreed personal terms with them several weeks ago.

The Jorginho murmurings, however, does not seem to be a transfer that is going to end so comfortably anytime soon.

Vanessa Coleman