Manchester City are willing to end their pursuit of Napoli midfielder Jorginho due to the Italian club’s asking price.

Daily Mirror are reporting City have identified alternative targets as Napoli continuing to demand £60million for the 26-year-old Italian international.

Jorginho has become one of City’s priority transfer targets this summer but are unwilling to offer any more than £43million for the midfielder, according to the report.

Napoli are known to be tough negotiators in the transfer market, but City are incredibly reluctant to pay almost 50% more for the player. The Blues begun to discuss possible alternative names should the Serie A refuse to budge on their valuation, as per the report.

City have identified Southampton midfielder Mario Lemina and Real Madrid’s Matteo Kovacic as potential alternatives should a deal for Jorginho collapse.

Kovacic has a €50million release-clause while Southampton are unlikely to grant the sale of a player who joined the club twelve months previously.


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