Manchester City could move closer to deal for Napoli midfielder Jorginho after tonight’s Italy vs. Holland international friendly, transfer market expert Alessandro Sugoni of Sky Italia has said.
The 26-year-old is in Roberto Mancini’s Italy squad and is focusing on that while City and Napoli try to thrash out a deal that would see him move to the Etihad Stadium.
So far, Txiki Begiristain has been unable to agree a fee with his Napoli counterpart Cristiano Giuntoli, who is under the orders of club president Aurelio De Laurentiis not to sell the pass-master cheaply.
However, having seen an offer of €45million + €5million in bonuses rejected – as confirmed by De Laurentiis himself – Sugoni believes if they scrap the bonuses and make it all-in-one, the deal could be done.
“Jorginho? I expect that after Italy vs. Holland, we could see a conclusion in the deal between Manchester City and Napoli,” Sugoni said on Sky Italia. “Maybe €50million guaranteed with no bonuses.”
With previous target Fred in Manchester today to sign for neighbours Manchester United, City will hope for a quick breakthrough in talks over Jorginho. Carlo Ancelotti has sanctioned the player’s sale and Napoli are looking at replacements, so City will be optimistic of reaching a compromise with the hardline Italian negotiators.
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