At Man United, while other areas that may or may not require a summer arrival are doubtful, Jose Mourinho has made it clear that a midfielder will be the club’s primary pursuit. The side clearly has a few players hot on its radar already.
However, the retirement of Michael Carrick, coupled with the impending departure of Marouane Fellaini means that they might have to seal a deal well in advance.
As per Mirror, United are frontrunners in signing Jorginho from Napoli, after the giants met with the player’s agent, Joao Santos.
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The meeting might indicate the earnestness of the club’s approach, with a fee in the region of £50 million believed to be up for negotiation.
The source added that the representatives met after Italy were defeated 2-0 by Argentina at the Etihad on Friday. Claims also suggest that while Napoli will play hardball with all the English clubs in heavy pursuit for the 26-year-old, they may end up accepting after all.
The bottom line remains that the incoming amount would be a massive boost to their own transfer coffers. Judging by how they’ve made life hard for Juventus in the Serie A this season, this might seem like an opportunity too good to let go.
The Italian is tied by contract until 2020, and his parent club is bound to use that as an excuse to potentially trigger a bidding war between Liverpool, United, and Arsenal, and thus emerge the biggest winner.
However, it would suit the Mancunian way for a deal to be met much in advance, effectively killing all other interests. It is a gimmick they’ve pulled off successfully in the past, and this meeting can potentially mean that they seek to do it yet again.