Manchester United identify 26-year-old ‘to succeed Michael Carrick’

According to the Independent, Manchester United are interested in Napoli midfielder Jorginho ‘to succeed Michael Carrick’. The English international is retiring at the end of the season and manager Jose Mourinho has been scouring the transfer market for his successor.

Jorginho joined Napoli from Hellas Verona in 2014 and has gone on to make 155 appearances in all competitions. The 26-year-old has been in fine form this season, scoring and creating eight goals from 34 games in the Serie A, Champions League, Europa League and Coppa Italia but could be on the move at the end of the campaign.

United want the Brazilian-born Italian international as they believe he’s evolved in the last four years and is a top-level player who can improve their squad. Jorginho might be a difficult signing to get over the line, however, given Napoli are keen to keep him at the Stadio San Paolo.

The Serie A giants, who are currently second in the table and four points off leaders Juventus, will likely be reticent to let their best players leave as it hampers their title hopes for next season. Agent Joao Santos played down a summer move for Jorginho last month too.

He said, in an interview with Radio Crc: “I don’t know what Napoli’s strategy is. But if any club wants to sign Jorginho and Napoli agree, we can evaluate the offer. But Jorginho is not looking for a new club because he wants to stay at Napoli.”

Nevertheless, with Carrick on his way out next month, United need to act fast to land a viable replacement.

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