Thursday saw several twists and turns in the summer saga that signing Napoli midfielder Jorginho is turning into, with a few different reports emerging with regards the Brazilian’s future.
Emre Can is all but certain to join Juventus this summer, with Neil Jones reporting that the Turin-based club will announce later this month that the German is joining them after over a year of uncertainty.
The 24-year-old hasn’t agreed new terms with Liverpool and his current contract is set to expire this summer, meaning he is free to join any club he likes for free. The consequence of that is that the Reds need to replace him and the incoming Naby Keïta is not the type of midfielder that is required to fill the void.
Jorginho is a player on Liverpool’s radar and one that Klopp is interested in signing but he will need to beat Pep Guardiola to the punch in order to land his man.
On Thursday morning, Brazilian outlet UOL reported that Manchester City pulled out of the race to sign Shakhtar Donetsk’s Fred as they look to focus their attention on securing Jorginho’s signature.
The report from Brazil mentioned how Liverpool have been the frontrunners in the race to sign the Napoli man ever since links first emerged earlier this season.
However, later in the day, CalcioNapoli24 broke news that seemed to change the way the race for Jorginho looked, with quotes from his agent, Joao Santos, indicating that Manchester City would be his destination.
Speaking to CalcioNapoli24, Santos said: “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.”
While those quotes seem to indicate that all that remains is to agree a few with Napoli and that should that happen, Jorginho will join Manchester City, more was to follow from Joao Santos and it muddied the waters a bit.
This time speaking to Radio CRC, as reported by Corriere dello Sport, Santos confirmed that other English clubs, including our very own Liverpool, have also contacted Napoli.
Santos said: “I’m in Brazil, nobody has called me from Napoli, but they have called me English teams, Liverpool, Manchester City but also Arsenal and Chelsea.
“Open negotiations? It depends on Napoli and the sports director Giuntoli. Sure, it’s not difficult to find agreements with teams of this type. If it’s good if for Napoli to make the most of the offers, then we will talk. I don’t know if the future of Jorginho depends on Sarri leaving or not.”
As things stand, I think that Jorginho will end up at City if he leaves this summer but, with Liverpool on the cusp of European glory, the tide could shift in the Reds’ favour as it did last summer with Virgil van Dijk.
Despite illegally approaching van Dijk, the role that Klopp played in ensuring the Dutchman chose Liverpool was vital.
Personally, I would rather see Amadou Diawara arrive at the club as he would offer more solidity in the middle of the park while also providing that marauding play style that will disappear in Can’s wake.