Manchester City line up £52m move for Napoli midfielder JorginhoJorginho celebrates Napoli’s win over Juventus on Sunday, and the defensive midfielder is a player who interests Pep Guardiola.
Pep Guardiola is targeting Jorginho as a replacement for Yaya Touré, with Napoli expected to demand a minimum €60m (£52.5m) for the defensive midfielder.
Jorginho, a Brazil-born 26-year-old who plays for Italy, is seen as ideal competition for Fernandinho, who will be 33 next month. City and Napoli were in the same Champions League group this season and Jorginho impressed Guardiola home and away.
Manchester United are also thought to have an interest in the midfielder, because Michael Carrick is retiring and Marouane Fellaini set to leave. The player’s preference is for City and it is understood his agent met Txiki Begiristain, the City sporting director, in Manchester when Italy played Argentina at the Etihad Stadium in March.
In addition to a defensive midfielder Guardiola also wants a forward. In January he missed out on Alexis Sánchez, who moved from Arsenal to United, and Riyad Mahrez, who stayed at Leicester. The City manager may revive his interest in Mahrez.
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The FA has written to City for their observations regarding the pitch invasion at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday after the champions had beaten Swansea 5-0. It is understood that because the incursion was celebratory the club will not face any sanction.
Jubilant supporters ran on to the pitch to celebrate City’s title win, the Swansea match being the first home game since City became champions.
Guardiola said the fans should have remained in their seats but the manager also understood their emotion.
In March Wigan were charged with “failing to ensure no spectators or unauthorised persons encroached on to the pitch” after an incursion following the FA Cup defeat of City.
The FA will take no action against West Brom’s Ahmed Hegazi for allegedly punching Liverpool’s Danny Ings.
The incident, which occurred during the 2-2 draw at the Hawthorns on Saturday, was referred to a panel of three former referees. The panel did not unanimously agree it was worthy of a red card after watching footage independently and so no charge will be brought.