Manchester City are weighing up weather or not to switch their attention to other midfield targets as they are not prepared to meet the £60 million asking price from Napoli for Jorginho.
According to ESPN, the Premier League champions have scouted both Southampton’s Mario Lemina and Real Madrid’s Mateo Kovacic and are prepared to make a move for one of those two instead unless the Italians lower their asking price.
City are believed to be in the market for two additions this summer, one of which being a midfielder to replace Yaya Toure – who’s contract expired at the end of the season – and Pep Guardiola has identified the Napoli man as a perfect replacement.
According to ESPN FC the clubs have been in contact and the Italians have rejected a bid made by City as they value Jorginho at £60m. The player himself wants the move to happen and his agent is in England ready to negotiate his contract if the two clubs who are still in talks can reach an agreement.
This not the first time that Manchester City have changed targets as both Fred and Alexis Sanchez were in talks to move to the Etihad in the summer but the club decided against those moves due to the fees involved. The same also happened in the January transfer window when the club pulled out of a move for Leicester man Riyad Mahrez.
The same could well happen again unless Napoli settle for less than £60 million, as the other two targets that have been identified will cost the champions less than that figure.
24 year-old Kovacic has not been playing regularly for European Champions and has said in the press that he would leave Madrid to play on a regular basis telling them “I believe I’ll play more, weather in Real or somewhere else”
Mario Lemina who is also 24 years-old is a Gabon international and scored 1 goal in 25 appearances last season and was one of the Saint’s standout players in their battle against relegation.
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