Manchester City could use Napoli’s previous interest in young Oleksandr Zinchenko to get a deal for Jorginho over the line in this transfer window, Martin Blackburn of The Sun reports.
City have entered negotiations with Napoli about a deal for Jorginho, 26, but there is a considerable difference in how the two clubs value the Italy midfielder, and that could make an agreement hard to find.
According to 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.
Giuntoli responded by telling Txiki that Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis wants at least €75million (£65.5million) for Jorginho, meaning there is a huge gap of €30million between what City want to pay and what Napoli hope to receive.
Negotiations could bring the two sides towards a compromise, but it is reported that Zinchenko, who played a commendable role as a makeshift left-back for City this season, could be included either on a permanent or loan deal to bring down Jorginho’s price-tag.
Napoli pursued Zinchenko, 21, throughout last summer’s transfer window before deciding late in the day not to bring the Ukrainian international in. With little time to arrange another deal, he was left in the hands of Pep Guardiola, who found a new role for him at left-back.
However, with Benjamin Mendy fit again, and the experienced duo of Fabian Delph and Danilo other options available to Guardiola, there are questions as to how much game time Oleks would get next season, and a move to Napoli could be a good step for him.
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