Napoli confirm Man City’s failed bid for midfielder Jorginho

Napoli confirm Man City’s failed bid for midfielder Jorginho

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has confirmed the club have turned down a £43.6m bid from Manchester City for midfielder Jorginho.

The Premier League champions have been linked with a move for the Italian this summer as manager Pep Guardiola looks to further strengthen his team in order to boost their chances in the Champions League.

Jorginho enjoyed a good season with Napoli, helping them finish second in Serie A, four points behind champions Juventus.

And while he has been subject of transfer interest, the first bid from City has been turned down.

“Jorginho? I have refused an offer from Man City worth €45m (£39.3m) plus €5m (£4.3m) in bonuses,” De Laurentiis told Corriere dello Sport (via Fabrizio Romano).

Jorginho is currently with the Italy national team for their four-match friendly break, with the Azzurri having already played two – a 2-1 win over Saudi Arabia and 3-1 defeat to France.

Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1958, meaning Jorginho will have a free summer to rest and prepare for next season – wherever he may be.

Napoli are getting ready to start life under new management this summer with Carlo Ancelotti replacing Maurizio Sarri who had been tipped to take over at Chelsea, though that deal looks in some doubt.

Jorginho’s season with Napoli

A key part of the Napoli side, Jorginho fit in perfectly to Sarri’s footballing philosophy which saw him provide the transition between defence and midfield while also putting himself about to stop opposition attacks.

The Italian made more passes than anyone in Europe’s top five leagues throughout the season (3,197) completing 2,860 with an accuracy of 89.46%.

Jorginho also won 62 tackles and made 50 interceptions as a key member of Sarri’s footballing philosophy, Sarrismo.