Manchester United Transfer News: Jorginho's Agent Responds to Latest Rumours

Gill Clark@@gillclarkyFeatured Columnist IMarch 19, 2018

NAPLES, ITALY - FEBRUARY 18:  Jorginho of Napoli  during the serie A match between SSC Napoli and Spal at Stadio San Paolo on February 18, 2018 in Naples, Italy.  (Photo by Maurizio Lagana/Getty Images)
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Napoli midfielder Jorginho's agent Joao Santos has responded to rumours Manchester United are interested in signing the 26-year-old in the summer.

He told Radio Crc (h/t Goal's Chris Burton):

"As a player for one of the most important national teams, and a club fighting for the Scudetto, it's clear he'll be looked at by these clubs. I've spoken with [Napoli sporting director Cristiano] Giuntoli three times in recent months, he hasn't told me anything, but I haven't had any contact with United.

"He [Jorginho] has two years on his contract and negotiations [for a renewal] will begin for that reason, because it becomes dangerous and then expires. We're not thinking about it right now, but we will do later."

Jorginho has become a key figure for Napoli since arriving at the club in 2014 from Verona and has been a virtual ever-present for Maurizio Sarri's side as they challenge for the Serie A title.

The Partenopei are in second place in the Serie A table and just two points behind leaders Juventus with nine games left to play.

WhoScored.com showed how Jorginho has impressed in Italy's top flight:

United manager Jose Mourinho may look to reinforce his midfield in the summer with Michael Carrick having announced he will retire, as noted by BBC Sport:

Central midfielders Ander Herrera and Marouane Fellaini could also leave at the end of the season as part of a clear-out, according to David McDonnell at the Mirror.

Santos has also said there is interest in Jorginho from Premier League clubs, per Radio Marte (h/t Football Italia).

United are in need of a quality replacement for Carrick and Jorginho is an option, according to football writer Liam Canning:

Jorginho's future is likely to remain the subject of speculation while the midfielder continues to shine in Serie A and with Napoli yet to renew his contract.

The midfielder's current deal runs until 2021, and Santos has said he will wait until May to discuss a new deal with Napoli, per The Sun (h/t Football Italia).

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