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Jorginho On His Way To Manchester City?

Champions Believed to Be Close To Deal With Napoli

SSC Napoli v Torino FC - Serie A Photo by Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images

Manchester City are rumoured to be close to a deal to sign Italy midfielder Jorginho from Napoli, reports the Manchester Evening News.

It is understood City have already agreed terms with the Italian international and are close to agreeing a fee with the Azzuri, and a fee of around £42m could be agreed between the two clubs soon.

City are believed to have bid £39m earlier in the week, which was rejected by the Italian side, who were holding out for an additional £9m. However it is understood the two clubs have reached a compromise, with the blues paying £42m now, with add-ons to come later.

Jorginho could be seen as a long term replacement for Brazilian star Fernandinho, a role which Shakhtar Donetsk’s Fred was lined up for. The blues are reported to have bid around £50m for the midfielder, which the Ukranian side rejected, and City signed Aymeric Laporte instead.

If the deal goes through, it will be City’s first signing of the close season, as the champions look to defend the Premier League title they won with style last season. And the blues are also rumoured to be back in the hunt for Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez.

According to ESPN, the Algerian ‘looks destined’ to move to City by the end of the week for a fee reported to be around £75m. It was well documented that the champions tried to sign Mahrez in January, but the deal fell through on transfer deadline day, just when it seemed the winger would be moving north. The collapse led to Mahrez being absent from Leicester City’s training camp, but returned from exile as a substitute, ironically against City at Etihad as the blues won 5-1.

In addition, City are still rumoured to be pondering a bid for Bayer Leverkusen’s Leon Bailey, but face competition in the form of Chelsea for the 21 year old winger. The London club are said to be weighing up a £70m bid for the Jamaican.