Manchester United target could be sold by Napoli this summer – reports


Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has already suggested the clubs central midfield will be a priority in the summer with Michael Carrick expected to hang up his boots, not to mention the fact that Marouane Fellaini’s contract at the club will expire and at this moment in time there is nothing to suggest the Belgian will remain at the Theatre of Dreams. United have already been linked to the likes of Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Jean-Michael Seri, Carlos Soler and more recently Toni Kroos – all of whom could do a job at United.

One player who has previously been linked to United is Napoli midfielder Jorginho. A lot has been discussed in the media about the Brazilian-born Italy international with reports now suggesting that the Serie A side could ‘sacrifice’ the player in the summer. It has been reported that the player’s entourage had travelled to Manchester in January, although no confirmation of that was made by either club or the player’s representatives. However, Jorginho’s agent, Joao Santos has confirmed the player could be sold in the summer, despite the player being happy in Naples.

“I think we’ll discuss a renewal at the end of the season, as it’s not the moment to talk about that because he still has a long contract. He wants to stay, although we’ll have to see if Napoli agree with that. If a player like Torreira arrives from Sampdoria, then that will require an important investment and Jorginho could be sacrificed to make way.

“I think they’d rather sell Jorginho than Amadou Diawara, who is younger. It’s an issue of mentality, it’s a family at Napoli and they all play for each other. Right now everyone is concentrated on the Scudetto, an objective they’ve been missing. He has been there for four years now and feels Neapolitan.”

Jorginho is a deep-lying midfielder who would slot in well with both Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic, thus allowing Pogba to play his favoured role and play to his strengths, not playing a defensive midfield role which is not always bringing the best of his abilities. That said, every United player will be expected to play different roles throughout a season as it is the team which needs to benefit and a combination of injury, illness and fatigue will mean that players will be played out of position from time to time – that is all part and parcel of the game.

This season, Jorginho has played 25 times for Napoli – 22 times in the Serie A, once in the Coppa Italia and two times in the UEFA Champions League. The Italy international has scored three goals, including one against Manchester City in the Champions League, also assisting four times. The player has had 15 shots on goal, five of those on target, meaning a third of his shots threaten the opposition, on average anyway. WhoScored have given Jorginho a 7.13 rating in all competitions.

Jorginho is known to be very strong with his through balls and his passing, also the ability to make important key passes. Defensively, the Italy international is a strong tackler, has great concentration also having the ability to intercept passes. The 26-year-old also likes to do layoffs and make short passes – which could be something that Mourinho is looking for at the club to keep his side in control of the ball.

This Season in the Serie A, Jorginho has made 22 appearances, scoring two goals. He has a 36% shot accuracy, has created 32 chances for his teammates, holds an 89% passing accuracy, averages a 14-metre passing length, has won 41% of his duels, averages two defensive actions per match and has committed one defensive error this season. In the Champions League, Jorginho has played twice, scoring one goal. He has 100% shot accuracy – having one shot on goal and scoring. He has created three chances, has an 86% passing accuracy – averaging 13-metre passes.

Jorginho could offer a lot to both Mourinho and United if the interest in the player is solid and it is possible to do a deal. However, there have been many players touted in the media of late and the overall record of the media getting things like this right is not all that good. Jorginho was once described as United’s main target this summer, that label has been given to Toni Kroos in the last few days. We all know the media concoct stories to keep their income coming in, not actually informing anyone of anything relevant – other than supposition, of course.

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