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From Italy: Jorginho to City in trouble but not dead, ‘white smoke’ still possible next week

Another day, another round of Jorginho stories from Italy. The saga promises to be over in a matter of days, with Manchester City by all accounts growing impatient and ready to move on if they don’t get the Italian midfielder soon.

Naples-based newspaper Corriere del Mezzogiorno still believes there could be ‘white smoke’ next week, which is an Italian expression for done deal in the context of transfers. They report similar to what others have, that City have made a bid of €47million plus €5-6million in add-ons, and are outright refusing to go any higher, despite Napoli’s call for €60million.

Jorginho, who has already agreed personal terms of €4.5million a season with the Citizens, is reported to have told Aurelio De Laurentiis that he will not be renewing his contract, due to expire in 2020, and that may apply further pressure on the Napoli owner to sanction a sale. For that reason, CdM believe a deal could be unlocked next week.

Turin-based Tuttosport believes the issue is not so much money as Cristiano Giuntoli, Napoli’s sporting director, struggling to get a replacement in. Napoli do not want to sell before they have someone capable of filling the void that would be created by Jorginho’s absence.

Leading Napoli website CalcioNapoli24, which has had some good information and agent quotes during this whole saga, believes the wage demands of Jorginho’s ideal replace, Lucas Torriera of Sampdoria, are holding things up, leading to City exploring a deal for second-choice target Mateo Kovacic of Real Madrid.

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