The agent of Napoli midfielder Jorginho has this afternoon spoken out over the possibility of his client making a summer move to Premier League champions Manchester City.
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 32 of his side’s 37 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 all of Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United having long been touted as potential destinations.
However, a number of reports in the English media last month insisted that it was in fact Manchester City that had jumped firmly to the front of the queue for Jorginho, with some outlets having even gone as far as to suggest that the Citizens had already tied up a deal for the gifted midfielder.
Jorginho’s agent, Joao Santos, has spoken out on several occasions with regards to his client’s links to the Premier League over the last couple of months, but had always remained coy on the interest of individual clubs.
However, speaking in an interview with CalcioNapoli24 earlier today, Santos finally confirmed the interest of Manchester City, before endorsing a potential move to the Etihad for his client by revealing that finding an agreement between he and the Citizens ‘won’t be a problem’.
‘Jorginho is still under contract, but if Napoli find an agreement with City then he goes to Manchester.’
‘Finding an agreement with the English won’t be a problem, considering their importance, but I repeat it depends on Napoli as the player is tied to the Azzurri for two more years.’
‘City are champions of England and among Europe’s top clubs. Now we must stay calm. If Napoli and City find a solution, we can talk about it, otherwise the player will be happy to stay at Napoli.’
‘For now, I haven’t heard from anyone at Napoli because I imagine they’re busy planning for next season.’
‘I hope to hear from their director, and maybe he’ll be in Naples in the next few days to talk about [Jorginho].’