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From Italy: Txiki Begiristain proposes €45m Manchester City deal for Jorginho, Napoli respond…

Manchester City are in talks to sign Jorginho from Napoli but face a struggle to agree a fee, with the Serie A club attempting to extract as much money as possible for their midfield maestro.

Jorginho is the man Pep Guardiola has identified to strengthen an already formidable Manchester City squad and he will replace the rarely used Yaya Touré if the Blues are able to agree a fee with Napoli.

The haggling has begun and according to well-known Italian journalist Raffaele Auriemma, City’s sporting director Txiki Begiristain has made a verbal, unofficial €45million (£39.3million) offer for the Italy midfielder to his Napoli counterpart Cristiano Giuntoli.

The response was probably as City expected, a firm ‘no’, with Giuntoli telling Txiki that Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis wants at least €75million (£65.5million) for the 26-year-old, who played a key role in Maurizio Sarri’s team this season, leading to interest from many top European clubs.

Despite the enormous difference in valuations, Auriemma reports that City’s first official offer may arrive via email soon, with Pep Guardiola requesting Jorginho, one of Europe’s finest ball-playing midfielders.

President De Laurentiis wants to first see what coach Maurizio Sarri decides, because if he joins Chelsea, who are interested in having him replace Antonio Conte, he will want to take Jorginho with him and Roman Abramovich could pay the €75million asking price.

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