Man City eyeing Southampton star as Jorginho back-up

Man City eyeing Southampton star as Jorginho back-up

Manchester City will turn to Southampton midfielder Mario Lemina if they miss out on number one target Jorginho. 

City had hoped to land Jorginho as early last week, however have seen a £40 million bid for the Italy international rejected by Napoli.

Talks between the two clubs are ongoing however Napoli are thought to be holding out for as much as £60 million for the highly-rated midfielder, and may sell up to another club if they are able to match their valuation.

City are wary of the fact they may not be able to land Jorginho following their most recent talks, and are now preparing to turn their attention to Southampton’s Mario Lemina instead.

Lemina joined Southampton last summer, and was the stand-out player as the Mark Hughe’s side barely beat the drop.

City monitored the 24-year-old’s competition throughout the campaign, and Pep Guardiola sees the Gabon international slotting in well at The Etihad Stadium.

Ironically, Napoli have also eyed Lemina as a replacement for Jorginho should he leave Italy this summer.