Manchester United have not made an offer for Jorginho this summer, says representative Joao Santos

Manchester United have been linked with Napoli midfielder Jorginho this summer but there is no offer on the table from the Old Trafford club, according to the player’s representative Joao Santos. Jose Mourinho will need to replace Michael Carrick this season and along with Jorginho, Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred has been mooted as a possible replacement.

Reports had suggested that United was using Mourinho’s own agent, Jorge Mendes to try and secure a deal for the Brazil-born Italy international. Normally when agents speak about interest, it is either correct or it is a game to get a club to pay a bit more money, or even tempt them into talks to sign the player, which could result in more money being paid by the interested party.

It is suggested that it is, in fact, Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City that is in pole position to sign Jorginho this summer, which could be right after the player seemed to suggest he would be more interested playing for City than United next season. Speaking to Radio Crc and reported by The Sun, Santos said:

“Jorginho has done very well with Napoli, he plays for the Italian national team, he is unique in his characteristics and for those reasons he’s probably being followed by many teams. At the moment though there are a lot of rumours flying about. The Napoli coach and players are being approached by first one team then another, but there’s nothing official.

“The last thing I read is that Manchester United made a proposal through Jose Mourinho’s representative [Jorge Mendes], but no-one called me. At the moment, given the two-year contract with Napoli, the last word is up to De Laurentiis [Napoli’s president].”

The 26-year-old has been linked to a number of Premier League club with both United and City that were seen as possibilities, with Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, and Arsenal all said to be interested in the player too. The Times reported that Jorginho could cost around £53 million this summer, a fee that many clubs may not be able to afford.

Jorginho’s representative has stated that no official offer has been made for the player but he has ruled out a deal with a Serie A rival, meaning if he leaves Napoli, it will be to a club away from Italy, which is understandable. Santos also spoke about everyone asking for information on Jorginho’s future, confirming that no offers have been made, saying:

“Everyone asks for information, but nobody has made any official offers so I can’t say which track is hotter. I’ve already been to all the English clubs because that’s my job, I get information. If he were to leave Napoli I can say that Jorginho wouldn’t play for any other [Serie A] team, even if he didn’t have any release clause.”

This season, Jorginho has scored just three times this season, twice in Serie A and once in the UEFA Champions League, playing 2,745 minutes for Napoli, a total of 35 appearances so far. Scoring goals is a bonus for the Brazilian-born Italy international – his strength is linking up the defence with the attack, a box-to-box midfielder if you will.

Jorginho is a strong passer of the ball, good at putting through balls into dangerous areas, also with key passes but his concentration is a big aspect of his game. A great signing for whoever is interested in signing him this summer.

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