Ever since he took over as the head coach of his beloved Napoli in 2015, Maurizio Sarri has received plenty of praise for the work he has done at the club during his time in charge. This season, there was a genuine chance of Napoli breaking Juventus’ monopoly on the Serie A tile with the Partenopei falling agonizingly short in the end. Sarri’s success can be attributed to a number of factors but none has stood out more than the veteran manager’s decision to install midfielder Jorginho Napoli as a first-team regular and the creative heartbeat of his team.
The 26-year-old has grown from strength to strength under Sarri’s masterly tutelage and has established himself as the heartbeat of a Napoli eye which is easy on the eye and precise with the ball. As such, it is not hard to see the logic behind all the Jorginho transfer news which has been pouring in and has thrown out stories like ‘Jorginho Liverpool‘, ‘Jorginho Man City‘, ‘Jorginho Chelsea‘, ‘Jorginho Man Utd’ and ‘Jorginho Manchester United‘.
With latest Jorginho transfer news linking him with almost every top English club, here we list down 5 reasons explaining why Premier League clubs should sign Jorginho from Napoli this summer:
1. The perfect Regista
There was Xavi. There was Pirlo. And now there is Jorginho Napoli. Such has been the diminutive midfielder’s impact for Napoli this season that he has drawn comparisons with legendary figures like Xavi and Pirlo on more than occasion and has even been referred to as the most accomplished Regista (or a deep lying playmaker to you and me) to have emerged since the duo. Jorginho is a player who dictates play and plays an average of incredible 91 passes every game – more than any other player has managed in the Serie A this season. His passing accuracy of 89.2% is also one of the best across the continent, with pin-point defence splitting passes adding to his CV of skills. In short, Jorginho Napoli is the quintessential Regista who is rightfully up on the list of primary transfer targets for a host of Premier League clubs this summer.
2. Ready to take the next step
Having signed for Napoli in 2014, it is perhaps fair to say that Jorginho has served his time playing in his native country and is ready to take the next step in what can possibly be a glittering journey in the next few years. The playmaker is the fulcrum of coach Maurizio Sarri’s breathtaking side in Naples and has been a key reason in their transformation into one of the most effective and exciting footballing sides in Europe. Despite missing out on winning the Scudetto this season, Jorginho Naples has done his bit for the Partenopei over the last three years and looks well prepared to seek an English adventure during the close season and beyond.
3. Ideal defensive shield
Yet another masterly feature of Jorginho’s game is his ability to regularly win midfield battles and dominating the pace of games through his impeccable hold up play. The 27-year-old could be an ideal addition for Premier League clubs as the ability to sit in front of the back four and clear any potential danger is highly revered on English shores. Clubs like Liverpool and Manchester United are in dire need of a player like Jorginho if they are to challenge Manchester City’s autonomy in the 2018/19 campaign. To go with his creativity and intelligence, Jorginho Napoli has also shown the grit and steel of a midfield general which has allowed Marek Hamsik the freedom to surge ahead on his bursting runs for Sarri’s side. Another reason why Premier Clubs should be chasing a Jorginho transfer this summer.
4. Will improve every potential suitor
Jorginho Man City – All the recent Jorginho transfer news has seen him heavily linked with champions Manchester City with coach Pep Guardiola admitting to be a big fan of the creative midfielder. In his younger days, Jorginho’s idols were maestros like Xavi and Andrea Pirlo and it can be said that he has the qualities to be an ideal playmaker for a possession-obsessed side that relies on the rapid release of the ball in order to break sides down – just like his heroes.
Jorginho Liverpool – While Manchester City are deemed as Jorginho’s preferred destination, Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool have also been credited with an interest in his services. Jorginho Liverpool and Naby Keita behind the front three of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane is a lip smacking combination which can turn the Reds into genuine contenders next season.
Jorginho Manchester United – Yet another Premier League club serving as the source of Jorginho transfer news is Man United. He’d certainly be a brilliant addition for the Red Devils and will be adored by the fans who have been starved of watching high tempo attacking football under Mourinho’s reign. Jorginho Napoli could also be a replacement for the now retired Michael Carrick and can also be used to free up a shackled Paul Pogba next season.
5. Not motivated by money but success
A primary reason behind Pep Guardiola and Manchester City going all out to make Jorginho Man City a reality very soon is the fact that he also fits the bill in terms of character and footballing motive. As was evidently clear from Manchester City’s abandoned pursuit of Alexis Sanchez in January this year, Guardiola is a coach who values personality and Jorginho is a player who is motivated by playing time but not money. In the past, Jorginho Napoli has admitted that he goes to sleep every night thinking about winning the Scudetto for Napoli and its supporters, while after every success he reminds himself what he had to go through to get to this point. His humble beginnings and surroundings have never let Jorginho lose touch with his roots and it is highly unlikely that he will ever make a professional decision based on money.