Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has identified two other transfer targets should the blues bid for Napoli midfielder fail to come to fruition.
According to Sky Sports, the blues have denied making a second bid for the Italian international, however Sky Italy are reporting City have made a bid of £41.2m and between £4.4m and £5.3m in add-ons.
Sky Italy also report that City are now unwilling to wait longer than a week for a response from the Italian club and have lined up alternative targets should the two clubs fail to reach an agreement. Negotiations are continuing, with the player eager to join up with Guardiola.
However, Southampton’s Mario Lemina and Real Madrid’s Mateo Kovacic are both seen by Guardiola as other possibilities. Ironically, Lemina has been identified by Napoli as a replacement for Jorginho. And City have made Jorginho’s agent, Joao Santos, aware that alternative targets have been identified and the blues are prepared to move should Napoli continue to hold out for more money.
Santos is in England this week and believes something will happen this week. “I’m in England, specifically Colchester, 400km from Manchester. The negotiations are in the hands of Napoli, I’m waiting for a signal to understand what to do. This week something will happen. Until Friday I will be in England.”
The blues showed in January that they will not be held to ransom by individual fees or wage demands when they turned their attention away from then Arsenal man Alexis Sanchez. And they walked away from a potential deal to sign Algerian winger Riyad Mahrez, when Leicester demanded more than City were prepared to pay.
With the blues setting a week long deadline, one way or another something will happen.
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