From Italy: Manchester United hold talks with Napoli midfielder Jorginho

by Leo Nieboer

Manchester United representatives have held talks with Napoli over the possibility of signing midfielder Jorginho next summer, according to reports from Italy.

Jose Mourinho is on the lookout for a Michael Carrick replacement and the 26-year-old, superb for Napoli so far this term, has been closely monitored by the club ahead of the summer window.

His agent ruled out the possibility of a January move but did confirm that he would listen to offers from other clubs over the summer.

And according to Italian media outlet RaiSport, representatives from Man United have been in Naples to discuss a potential move for the Brazilian.

The arrival of Alexis Sanchez over January will allow Mourinho to focus on midfield over the summer – an area that could require some replenishing if Marouane Fellaini decides to move on along with Michael Carrick – and Jorginho stands out as one of the best options around.

There is a kind of natural slickness to his play that has rendered him such an important player under manager Maurizio Sarri, who places enormous emphasis on moving play quickly through the lines.

And at the age of 26 Jorginho is entering the prime years of his career; signing him would be a quiet but significant coup ahead of the 2018/19 campaign.

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