United will be in the market for somebody to fill that role come the end of the season, with the long-serving star heading towards the exits.
Jorginho is among the options being considered and his representative admits all proposals will be considered as his client seeks to impress on domestic and international stages.
“That is his objective, alongside winning with Napoli.
“He is currently in Brazil and will return to Italy this weekend. When it comes to the January transfer window, we’re not talking about anything.
“In June, and this is true of all players, we’ll see what offers arrive. From February 1, it all begins again.”
Jorginho has been with Napoli since January 2014 and is fast closing in on 150 appearances for the club.
It is his ability to pull the strings in the middle of the park which has brought him to United’s attention, with the Red Devils eager to find another calming influence to fill Carrick’s boots.
Arsenal have also been regularly linked with an approach for a proven performer, so it could be that a transfer scramble is sparked once the January window comes to a close.
Anybody wishing to secure Jorginho’s signature is, however, likely to have to dig deep as he remains under contract in Italy until 2020.