Manchester City are pressing Napoli to sell midfielder Jorginho to them as soon as possible, with Pep Guardiola wanting his major transfer business wrapped up quickly.
Txiki Begiristain is in talks with Leicester City about a deal for Riyad Mahrez and there is optimism that once the structure of a £75million deal is agreed upon, the Algerian will arrive at the Etihad Stadium.
Pep’s other major target, Jorginho, is proving more complicated though – as is often the case when negotiating with Italian clubs.
The pass-master is keen on a move to City and a €45million bid has been made, which won’t be enough, but is a statement of intent by City to sign the player.
Naples-based newspaper Corriere del Mezzogiorno today reveals that City ‘are not willing to wait long’ to get a final answer on Jorginho, with Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis said to be stalling on selling the 26-year-old.
De Laurentiis, who is already working on a signing a replacement for the Brazil-born midfielder, will more than likely let him go, but is awaiting the outcome of negotiations between Chelsea and outgoing Maurizio Sarri, who has been replaced by Carlo Ancelotti at the Stadio San Paolo.
The film producer believes once Sarri is in the Stamford Bridge hot-seat, Chelsea could come forward and provide competition to City, lifting the price of Jorginho by creating a bidding war.
Chelsea are ready to spend heavily in the summer to overhaul a squad that underperformed in the league this season and Jorginho would help Sarri implement his style as the midfield anchorman.
City are growing impatient and will continue to push for a deal, and if Napoli are unresponsive, Guardiola may well move on to another target, as he has proven he will do in recent transfer windows.
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