JOSE MOURINHO wants Napoli midfielder Jorginho as a replacement for Michael Carrick.
The Manchester United boss is already planning his summer spending as they look to boost their chances of catching up with runaway Premier League winners City next season.
Midfield is an area Mourinho desperately wants to improve with Michael Carrick set to retire and join United’s coaching staff at the end of the season.
And the Independent claim Real Madrid ace Toni Kroos is their top target, but Jorginho is seen as a more likely possibility.
Jorginho, 26, has been one of the star players in the Napoli team that challenged Juventus for the Serie A title.
And Mourinho believes the Italian international has the passing ability to take over from United legend Carrick.
Howver, they face competition from Manchester City for the former Verona star who joined Napoli in 2014.
City are reportedly have a £200million transfer warchest to maintain their Prem dominance and to help them do better in the Champions League.
Kroos is still an option for United with Real set to have a summer overhaul of their squad after surrendering La Liga to Barcelona.
The German World Cup winner signed a deal that runs until 2022 in 2016 and is still highly thought of at the Bernabeu.