Manchester City want Southampton star as alternative to Jorginho

Manchester City are planning a summer swoop for Mario Lemina should they miss out on the signing of Jorginho from Napoli. The Premier League champions already have an initial bid for Jorginho turned down by Napoli, and they plan to go back with a better offer.

However, reports claim that Pep Guardiola is unhappy to have missed out on signing Fred who has agreed to join Manchester United and he wants to avoid putting all his eggs in one basket in this situation again.

Lemina who joined Southampton last summer from Juventus is admired by Guardiola and the Catalan has him as second to Jorginho. Guardiola has also identified Real Madrid’s Matteo Kovacic as another alternative should he fail to sign any of the previous two.

Manchester City’s initial bid for Jorginho is believed to be in the region of £44 million, with Jorginho having just two years left on his current deal, the Italians are still looking to get at least £50 million from his sale.

Lemina would cost less than that price, while Kovacic may also not be that much expensive if Real Madrid’s new manager does not see him as a part of his plans.

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