Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Manchester City line up alternatives to Jorginho

The saga of Jorginho’s transfer from Napoli to the Premier League is becoming a long one. After being initially linked with Liverpool and Manchester United, the midfielder was set to make his move to Manchester City. Manager Pep Gaurdiola wants him to share the work-load with the 33-year-old Fernandinho and to eventually replace him a regular starter.

However, it seems the negotiations with the Italian club aren’t going as smoothly as expected for City. According to the Mirror, Napoli value the Brazil-born Italy international at £60million, while the Premier League champions aren’t willing to pay more than £43million. With such a notable gap in valuation of the player, Manchester City may be forced to look elsewhere, and they have reportedly marked Real Madrid’s Mateo Kovačić and Southampton’s Mario Lemina as possible alternatives.

If they can get Real Madrid to sell, Kovačić would be a very good signing, but at the moment Lemina seems like a more attainable target. Having spent two years with Juventus before joining the Saints last summer, he also has some experience at the highest level.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Veselin Trajkovic


Vesko is a football writer that likes to observe the game for what it is, focusing on teams, players and their roles, formations, tactics, rather than stats. He follows the English Premier League closely, Liverpool FC in particular. His articles have been published on four different football blogs.

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