According to reports in Italy (h/t The Sun), Napoli midfielder Jorginho is edging closer towards a summer move to Manchester United. The player’s entourage were believed to be in Manchester recently, discussing terms with the hierarchy of the Old Trafford outfit over a potential transfer come the end of the season.
The Italian midfielder has burst into the spotlight due to his phenomenal performances for Napoli this season, and has suddenly caught the attention of a number of top European clubs. United are understood to be one of the many interested in him, but are looking to act fast to ensure that they get the deal over the line before interest in his services intensifies.
The Red Devils have eyed Jorginho as the potential heir to Michael Carrick – who is set to hang his boots at the end of the season. The former England international has been battling his way through injuries and heart issues, and will call it a day from the game to join the backroom staff at the club.
Thus, his presence as a mentor could be pivotal for Jorginho to take his game to the next level. Only receiving his first international cap for Italy recently, the 26-year-old still has a long way before he can be recognised as a world beater. A move to Old Trafford could elevate his status and working under an astute manager like Jose Mourinho will certainly help him polish his skills and take his game to the next level.
His arrival at Old Trafford would see Mourinho transition to a 4-3-3 shape with the Italy international tucking in alongside Nemanja Matic to form a double pivot in the middle of the park. This would see Paul Pogba play in a more freer role, and thus can put his avid skill set to devastating effect.
Still early days, but the United fans have a lot to be optimistic about their club’s activities in the transfer window. The Red Devils have already beaten rivals Manchester City in order to secure the signing of Alexis Sanchez, and could also snatch Jorginho from under the Citizens’ noses as the Napoli midfielder is a player who’s earned glowing praises from Pep Guardiola.