Manchester City remain confident of winning the race to sign Napoli star Jorginho but the Serie A side are targeting a double raid of their own on the newly crowned Premier League champions, Metro.co.uk can reveal.
Reports earlier this week claimed Manchester United were looking to hijack Citys proposed deal for the Brazilian-born Italy international, but Pep Guardiolas side remain the favourites to land the 26-year-old.
Jorginho caught Guardiolas attention during Napolis two Champions League matches against City earlier this season, with the former Barcelona manager describing the elegant midfielder as marvelous.
Guardiola believes Jorginho can lighten the load on Ferandinho, who will be granted an extended break following the upcoming World Cup, and Ilkay Gundogan, who it is understood will begin talks on extending his contract in the summer.
City had registered an interest in Jorginhos international teammate Fred but have been put off by the demands of Shakhtar Donetsk and the midfielders representatives and will allow United a clear run at the 25-year-old.
Napoli, meanwhile, hope to capitalise on their good relationship with City by securing a move for goalkeeper Claudio Bravo.
The Chile international has played second fiddle to Ederson this season following the Brazilians world-record move and is understood to be keen on a move to the Serie A high fliers, although his current £100,000-a-week wages could prove to be a stumbling block.
Pepe Reina has enjoyed an excellent season for Maurizio Sarris side but is reportedly being lined up by AC Milan should Gianluigi Donnarumma move on at the end of the current campaign.
Zinchenko on life in Manchester
The weather crushes me. Plus, in Russia or Ukraine, there are more fun things to do. English life is not for me.
The people here are… more miserable than in the Netherlands. But I understand – the sky is grey every day and it rains constantly.
And their sense of humour is different – they sometimes laugh at things that we would not even smile at.
Napoli are also eyeing Aleks Zinchenko and hope to capitalise on Citys need to free up space in their squad for foreign signings during the close season.
Despite signing for the club as a teenarger back in 2016, Zinchenko does not qualify as a homegrown player and could be something of an unlucky fallguy, despite having impressed Guardiola this season, particularly on the occasions he has been asked to fill in at left-back.
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