It seems Manchester United are preparing for life without long-time midfield stalwart Michael Carrick.
The 36-year-old – who’s been a mainstay in the side since joining from Tottenham in 2006 – has not played since September after he underwent a heart procedure, and was last included in a matchday squad against Southampton on September 23.
With his contract expiring in the summer, Jose Mourinho has already confirmed the United skipper is free to join his coaching staff – should he decide to retire at the end of the season.
So with the pass-master’s playing career seemingly coming to an end, United will be desperate to find an adequate replacement.
And Napoli midfielder Jorginho might just be the guy.
According to the Manchester Evening News, United are monitoring the Italy international and have shortlisted him as a potential signing ahead of next season.
This has been cemented by a Napoli website, which claimed the Serie A leaders have received a ‘big offer’ from an English club.
The Brazilian-born playmaker – who finally got a look-in for Italy last month when he started in the World Cup play off second leg against Sweden – is widely considered one of the finest players in the Serie A at the moment.
In fact, his performances for Napoli this season – coupled with his lack of competitive appearances for Italy beforehand – led to reports claiming that Brazil boss Tite was keen to get Jorginho involved with the Selecao.
If Jorginho does move to Old Trafford this summer, then he’ll join the likes of Massimo Taibi, Giuseppe Rossi, Federico Macheda and Matteo Darmian as esteemed Italians who have played for United.
No pressure, then?