Manchester City will reportedly try and sign Napoli midfielder Jorginho ahead of the World Cup as Pep Guardiola plots minor changes to his title-winning squad.
ESPN claim Guardiola, who has spoken of his admiration for Jorginho previously, has put the 26-year-old deep-lying midfielder at the top of his wanted list.
Fernandinho has been a revelation for City this season in a defensive midfield role, but with Yaya Toure set to leave this summer Guardiola wants competition for Fernandinho and the Brazilian-born Italy international is the man he wants.
City were close to signing Shakhtar Donetsk’s Fred in January, but Jorginho has now become the focus after his efforts with the Naples club.
Manchester United reportedly held talks with Jorginho in January, while Liverpool have also been liked to the player, who has made 35 appearances for Napoli this season and driven them to a Serie A title shoot-out with Juventus.
Reports last summer also claimed Arsenal had a £15million bid rejected for Jorginho, but Guardiola’s interest in genuine and in March Guardiola heaped praise on the player he described asd “marvellous” against City at The Etihad.
“It’s always nice to receive compliments, but it’s spectacular when they come from a manager with that importance and winning past,” said Jorginho in response.
“He’s a global icon. All I can do is to be grateful. This is a consequence not just of my work but of all my teammates in Napoli.”
The report claims City director of football Txiki Begiristain is trying to get the deal completed before the World Cup starts on June 14 with another striker also on the wanted list.
However, John Stones will not be sold by City this summer, as per the report.
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