Manchester City hoping to finalise transfers of Riyad Mahrez and Jorginho
Manchester City are hoping to sign Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez and Napoli midfielder Jorginho, Press Association Sport reports.
While it remains unclear how long it might take to complete each deal, it is reported the Premier League champions want to bring both players in this summer.
City had a cash-plus-player offer for Mahrez of £65 million rejected in January, with Leicester demanding £80m.
The 27-year-old Algeria international handed in a transfer request and had a 10-day absence from the club before returning to training with them on Feb. 9.
He then came on as a substitute the next day, having missed the previous two games, as Leicester were beaten 5-1 away by Pep Guardiola’s City, and featured in every match for the Foxes for the rest of the season.
Mahrez, named PFA Player of the Year in 2015-16 when Leicester were crowned Premier League champions, is under contract at the King Power Stadium until the summer of 2020, having been with them since January 2014.
Jorginho joined Napoli in that same window. The 26-year-old Italy player scored against Guardiola’s side in November in the Champions League group stage.
The Manchester Evening News reported that Jorginho’s agent Joao Santos said on Wednesday: “We know that an offer from Manchester City has reached Napoli … We are waiting for a response from the Azzurri, who don’t seem to have rejected the offer.
“If Napoli find an agreement with City, we’ll go from there.”