The word ‘close’ continues to be used in reports of Jorginho’s almost-certain transfer from Napoli to Manchester City, with today’s edition of Gazzetta dello Sport saying the 26-year-old is ‘close’ to arriving at the Etihad Stadium.
The player is still in Brazil on a family holiday and it may now be as simple as the clubs having their agreement and waiting for Jorginho to return from his break. Even his talkative agent Joao Santos has said nothing since confirming a verbal agreement on Saturday.
An interest footnote in the deal is a cash windfall a smaller Italian club are in line for once everything is official.
Hellas Verona, who were relegated from Serie A last season, sold Jorginho to Napoli for €10million several years ago, but also negotiated a sell-on clause as part of the deal.
And according to Gazzetta dello Sport, they will receive 5 per cent of the transfer fee – expected to be in the €50million region – entitling them to around €2.5million.
For most top clubs, that is a small amount, but it will help Hellas, who signed Bruno Zuculini from Manchester City a year ago before selling him to River Plate in Argentina, and give them funds to invest in players as they try to make their way back to Serie A this coming season.