Negotiations continue between Manchester City and Napoli about a deal for Jorginho with Txiki Begiristain hoping to make a breakthrough this week, while also securing winger Riyad Mahrez from Leicester.
Jorginho is proving a tricky deal to get over the line, with Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis a notoriously difficult man to haggle with, always pushing for top dollar when he sells an important player.
City have explored different ways of getting a deal done for the 26-year-old without going too far over their valuation, and from CalcioNapoli24 today comes news of a rejected proposal involving a City first-teamer.
Oleksandr Zinchenko was a legitimate target for the Serie A club last summer, when Maurizio Sarri was in charge, and he was close to a move before the Naples club changed their plans late in the transfer window.
Pep Guardiola found a role for the 21-year-old Ukraine international as a left-back, but with Benjamin Mendy fit again, Fabian Delph proving himself able in the position, and Danilo also an option, playing time may be limited for Zinchenko next season.
And it is claimed by CalcioNapoli24 that City offered him as part of a €50million deal for Jorginho, which would have meant City paying less in cash and Zinchenko’s value being factored in.
With Carlo Ancelotti having his own transfer plans though, De Laurentiis said ‘no’ to City’s offer, having no interest in Zinchenko a year later.
It is looking like City will have to pay cash-only if they are to land Jorginho, with Napoli pushing for at least €60million to let their midfield ace go.
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