The agent of Napoli midfielder Jorginho has this afternoon opened up on the links between his client and the Premier League.
Jorginho, a Brazilian-born Italian international, joined Napoli from Hellas Verona for 9.5 million Euro in 2014, since going on to develop into one of the finest midfielders in Serie A.
In an incredible statistic, it was revealed last summer that the 26-year-old made more passes per game than any other player in Europe’s top 5 leagues last season (as per Football-Italia.net).
Sitting in his deep-lying midfield berth, the Verona youth product has flourished behind Napoli’s fearsome attacking quartet of Marek Hamsik, Jose Callejon, Lorenzo Insigne and Dries Mertens, and has started 24 of his side’s 27 Serie A fixtures to this point in the campaign.
Despite his near-indispensable presence in Maurizio Sarri’s Partneopei squad, though, Jorginho has often been linked with a departure from the San Paolo over recent seasons, with Arsenal having long been touted as a potential destination.
However, as per a number of reports emanating from Italy over recent months, it is in fact Manchester United who look to have jumped to the front of the queue for Jorginho, having held talks with the representatives of the midfielder regarding a summer switch to the club.
The Red Devils are known to be on the lookout for reinforcements in the middle of the park, with Ander Herrera struggling for form, Marouane Fellaini expected to depart the club and Michael Carrick set to retire at the end of the season.
The Old Trafford giants also face competition from both Manchester City and Liverpool, though, with English outlets having claimed earlier this month that Jurgen Klopp has identified Jorginho as his ‘no. 1 summer target.’
‘No official proposals’
Speaking in an interview with Sun Sports yesterday afternoon, Jorginho’s agent, Joao Santos, was questioned on the rumours that his client could be set for a move to England come the summer, with Santos explaining:
‘We’re waiting for May. We hope Napoli can win the league. Then if Napoli wants to renew the contract, we can talk about it.’
‘The same if they want to sell Jorginho. There are no official and concrete proposals for him from UK.’
‘I don’t know if De Laurentiis will call me at the end of the season to extend his contract. I suppose that [he will]. We are available to deal with [the club]. He has become Neapolitan and is in a family. He is a top level player.’
‘I follow the Premier League. I’m sure Jorginho has the characteristics to play there. He runs more than 13km every game and he has a great technique. I don’t have a figure in my mind, the price is set by the President.’