Napoli star Jarginho has been identified by Mourinho as a long-term replacement for Michael Carrick who is set retire at the end of the season due to heart problems.
Carrick is yet to play a single match with the Red Devils, his contract with the Manchester side will expire at the end of the season. Mourinho has offered a coaching role to the veteran England midfielder should he decide to put an end to his successful career.
Jorginho is being tracked by Mourinho in order to fill up the space that might be created as a result of Carrick’s retirement. 26-year-old Jorginho currently plays for Napoli in Serie A. He has featured in 18 matches scoring three goals and three assists so far this season for the Italian series A club.
According to the Manchester Evening News, Mourinho is impressed with Jorginho’s performance so far this season, and he believes he can seamlessly replace the England midfielder after his retirement.
M. E. N also suggests that Mourinho won’t make any official bid for the player in the upcoming transfer market as he hopes to get more established players who can immediately adapt to Premier League’s January hectic fixtures. This means that the Portuguese coach will have to wait until next year’s summer transfer window.
The Portuguese manager has also made enquiries over the possibility of signing either Christian Pulisic or Julian Weigl should there be any difficulty in signing the Italian international from Napoli. Both players ply their trade with Borussia Dortmund.
He is valued at 28,00 Mill. € according to transfermarkt.