Man City close on £50m deal for Napoli star Jorginho

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While talks continue around Leicester's Riyad Mahrez, the Premier League champions are hoping to announce the capture of the Brazilian midfielder

Manchester City are closing in on a deal worth around £50 million (€56.9m $66m) for Napoli midfielder Jorginho, Goal understands.

Jorginho and his agent are poised to finalise the move after a payment structure between City and Napoli was agreed earlier this week.

City are still in talks with Leicester regarding a move for Riyad Mahrez, although there is a difference in opinion regarding the winger’s value.

The Premier League champions had found themselves in that position with Napoli for the best part of the last two months, although there had always been a confidence and a willingness from both sides to get a deal done.

Goal revealed in May that City had seen a bid of around £39m ($52m) rejected for Jorginho.

After weeks of further haggling a fee of around £46m ($60.4m) plus bonuses worth around £6m ($7.9m) was provisionally agreed on Monday.

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has now given his sporting director, Cristiano Giuntoli, the go-ahead to rubber-stamp the agreement. 

City had agreed personal terms with Jorginho many weeks ago, having identified him as their priority midfield target.

The Blues had been hoping to bring him to the club ahead of the World Cup, but adjusted their expectations after Napoli rejected their initial proposal.

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Jorginho recently spent some time with family in Brazil, his homeland, after learning that the deal had dragged on, but returned to Europe this week and is now ready to sign a five-year deal at the Etihad Stadium.

City still indeed to sign Mahrez this summer but have been frustrated by Leicester’s demands. 

Unlike in their pursuit of Jorginho, City would have an alternative option if their pursuit of Mahrez comes to nothing - Bayer Leverkusen’s Leon Bailey has been watched closely - but negotiations with Leicester will continue in the coming weeks.

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