It’s almost a done deal.
According to almost every news outlet today, the reports are that our new midfield enforcer to rotate with Fernandinho will not be the afore-mentioned Fred at all, but in fact a Brazilian-born Italian by the name of Jorge Luiz Frello Filho aka “Jorginho” – a man who impressed Pep when he anchored Napoli‘s midfield against us in The Champions League.
What you need to know:
Napoli are expected to demand a minimum €60m (£52.5m) for the defensive midfielder. Stretford and Liverpool were highly interested, but Jorginho‘s preference is for City and his agent met Txiki in Manchester when Italy played Argentina at the Etihad Stadium in March. Liverpool had been considered favourites for the player who has impressed this season at the base of Napoli’s slick midfield. Pep Guardiola thinks he could fit almost seamlessly into City‘s style.
Born in Brazil, the 26 year-old moved to Italy at the age of 17, and began his career with the Verona, before being promoted to the senior team. During the 2010–11 season, he was sent on loan to Sambonifacese. In January 2014, he moved to Napoli, where he won the Coppa Italia and the Supercoppa Italiana.
Jorginho is highly coveted after his “masculine” performances in the Italian league and the Champions League over the last few seasons. He can play across midfield and is a specialist box-box midfielder and an old-fashioned enforcer of the highest pedigree, blocking and tackling with swift accurate passing to release more attacking players.
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Jorginho would fit perfectly at the base of the midfield in Guardiola‘s system, using his passing ability, game intelligence, physical attributes and technique to help work the ball forward but also win it back.
On February 10, in Napoli‘s 4-1 win against Lazio, Jorginho was key in the fourth goal, playing the ball neatly with Insigne to take several players out of the game, before charging forward and dinking it to Zielinski after drawing the centre-back out. He has a pass accuracy of 89 percent in the league this season, and averages 104.3 passes per 90 minutes.
Opinion from BoltFromTheBlue: Looks a bit of a spitter for the dearly departed Chris Cornell of Soundgarden and would surely rock City‘s world in our bid to add The Champions League to Manchester City‘s list of honours.
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