Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

City Up Interest in Italy Ace as Yaya's Replacement

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

City Up Interest in Italy Ace as Yaya's Replacement

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CITY are interested in signing Napoli midfielder Jorginho as Pep Guardiola attempts to reinforce his midfield.

The 26-year-old Italy international has generated interest from Premier League rivals United and Liverpool, but the Blues could trump both clubs as they prepare to bid farewell to Yaya Toure.

It is also understood City will not reignite their interest in Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred after passing on the chance to sign him in January. Fred was expected to move to City in the winter window, but Guardiola turned his attention to central defender Aymeric Laporte, who arrived from Athletic Bilbao for a club record £57m.

Jorginho has started 29 of Napoli's 34 Serie A matches and completed 90 minutes in their top-of-the-table triumph at leaders Juventus on Sunday.

The Brazilian-born midfielder has scored four goals and tallied five assists in Maurizio Sarri's side but is approaching the last two years of his contract at the San Paolo stadium. …

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