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From Italy: Man City begin pressing for La Liga midfielder as Jorginho’s entourage doubt deal

Manchester City’s pursuit of Jorginho is now in doubt with Napoli remaining stubborn over their demands and City, as they have proven to be in recent transfer windows, standing firm on their valuation of their transfer targets.

City believe Jorginho to be worth around €45million and are reluctant to go much higher, while it has been suggested that Napoli want up to €60million for him. This has caused an impasse, even though the player himself has been expecting a transfer to happen and even held a farewell dinner in Naples.

Napoli have asked City for more time, but Pep Guardiola is running low on patience and Txiki Begiristain is exploring other options.

And according to an exclusive report by TMW, the Blues have started ‘pressing’ for Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovačić, one of the two names briefed to the press by City as alternative targets to Jorginho.

The 24-year-old has made 109 appearances in three seasons for Los Blancos, but the tough competition for places means he is often a part-time starter and could welcome the chance to play more regularly under the tutelage of Pep Guardiola.

There have been reports that the Croatian international has a reasonable €50million (£43.8million) release clause, which, were the player to be open to a move, would make a transfer quite painless.

City’s pursuit of Jorginho is not dead yet and these could be pressure tactics by Txiki to make the Serie A cave in and sell their pass-master for what City believe to be a fair amount.

However, TMW reports that the player’s entourage are starting to doubt that a deal will go through, with the two clubs still failing to agree a deal and Guardiola’s eyes turning towards the Santiago Bernabéu and Mateo Kovačić…

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