For weeks it has been widely reported that Manchester City are trying to get a deal done for Napoli midfielder Jorginho.
Pep Guardiola does not need to tweak his team too much given that they stormed to the Premier League summit last season.
However, the successful Spaniard could do with some fresh options in the middle of the park.
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Jorginho fit the bill, but according to The Mirror, the club are no closer to agreeing a fee with Napoli for the midfielder.
The report claims that personal terms with the player have been hatched out, but due to the ongoing saga, City have made enquiries about Mateo Kovacic’s availability.
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The 24-year-old, who is currently preparing for Croatia’s World Cup semi-final against England in Russia, has struggled for game time at Real Madrid.
With Zinedine Zidane now no longer in charge at the Bernabeu, his position in the pecking order may change, but it seems that City are keeping tabs on the 46-cap international.
Judging by the reaction on social media, some City fans would prefer Kovacic to Jorginho.
Prefer kovacic to jorginho
— Oliver Byrne (@Oli_B87) July 9, 2018
I’d prefer if we get Kovacic tbh, he has much more in his locker than Jorginho
— Ja’Shon Clarke (@Jashon_2117) July 9, 2018
Never mind Kovacic is a whole lot better ☺️
— Unbelievable G.Jesus33 (@MendyLamar) July 9, 2018
— 04 (@04Elahi) July 9, 2018
Indeed this is a better option than the man who keeps us waiting
— DEZALLEYCAT (@dezalleycat) July 9, 2018
Kovacic > Jorginho
— Bo (@BoForst97) July 9, 2018
Ah the real ‘busquets’ Pep has been looking for just very fit the profile init. hope that fraud begiristain wouldn’t bottle
— FRZ. (@riziriz7) July 9, 2018