The Manchester City fans in the Transfer Tavern are expecting their club to complete a deal for Jorginho in the coming weeks, but Maurizio Sarri’s move to Chelsea could scupper their plans.
After months of speculation linking City with a whole host of central-midfield players, it seems Pep Guardiola is finally honing in on Jorginho and attempting to complete a deal. According to the Daily Mail, City have opened negotiations with Napoli ahead of a potential summer transfer, with the Italian club demanding £53 million for his services.
The arrival of Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea could potentially throw a spanner in the works for City if the Blues eventually appoint the former Napoli boss to replace Antonio Conte. City are certainly in the driving seat at this moment in time, but the Alexis Sanchez transfer saga underlined how quickly things can change in the transfer market, so they cannot afford to rest on their laurels just yet.
With that in mind, City should have a back-up plan in place ready to implement in the event that they are unable to complete a deal for Jorginho, and one man who should be firmly on their radar is Borussia Dortmund’s Julian Weigl. Unlike Jorginho, Weigl is a conventional defensive midfielder who has been famed for his expertise in breaking up play, rather than dictating the tempo of proceedings.
However, that admission should certainly serve as no disservice to Weigl who is assured and confident in possession, and at just 22-years-of-age Guardiola would have an ideal opportunity to help him develop the ball-playing aspects of his game. Lean, mobile and agile, Weigl cuts a similar physique to Fernandinho, and combined with his natural ability to anticipate and recover possession for his side, Guardiola could be looking at the perfect successor for City’s consistently reliable anchor man.
Although Borsussia Dortmund paid just £2.25 million to prise Weigl away from 1860 Munich back in 2015, City would need to times that figure by 20 to prise him away from the Bundesliga giants, but there’s no doubt he would be worth every single penny.
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