Manchester United target and Napoli midfielder Jorginho admitted he was a big fan of the Premier League following Italy’s 1-1 draw with England at Wembley on Tuesday night.
The Italian midfielder has enjoyed a superb campaign under Maurizio Sarri, establishing himself as a mainstay at the base of midfield.
Jose Mourinho has voiced a need to replace Michael Carrick, who will join the coaching staff next term, and Jorginho has inevitably emerged on the club’s radar.
And the 26-year-old, when asked if he liked England’s top flight in the aftermath, said: “Yes, very much!”
Amid the typically anodyne pulses of a friendly, Jorginho gave supporters of both nations something to watch and enjoy.
The Napoli man was a loquacious, propulsive presence on the ball, authoritatively drifting across the midfield to receive the ball and create avenues through which to move the ball forward. He sat deep and, while occasionally bested by the combination of Jesse Lingard and Raheem Sterling, hardly ever found himself in an awkward position, always there to pick up a loose ball.
And his impressive range of passing came clear towards the end – most notably with a pin-point chipped diagonal ball into the path of teammate Lorenzo Insigne. The way he handles the ball seems natural, geared towards productively moving play up the pitch. His intelligence is there to see, and supporters will just hope Mourinho – set to receive competition from Liverpool for Jorginho’s signature – was taking note.