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Manchester City would be taking risk by signing Napoli’s Jorginho

The Italian midfielder is enjoying a fine season in Serie A.

Jake Jackman

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Manchester City have clinched the Premier League and are set for a record-breaking season, but Pep Guardiola is a perfectionist and he will not rest easy over this summer.

The Spaniard will be keen to strengthen the squad to ensure they are even better during the next campaign. He will already have targets in mind and The Guardian report that Napoli central midfielder Jorginho tops the list.

The report states that a bid of £52.5 million will be enough to tempt the Serie A club to sell and that City view the 26-year-old as the perfect player to compete with the ageing Fernandinho.

After their exciting performances in Italy, a number of Napoli players will be subject of interest this summer and it looks like Jorginho could be one of the first to leave the club, regardless of how the season ends for the club.

The Napoli midfield has been central to their title bid and Jorginho has been the standout performer. He has shown himself to be relentless out of possession and progressive with the ball.

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Despite not having a lot of attacking responsibility, he has contributed two goals and four assists. The Italian international is currently averaging 1.67 chances created per ninety minutes, which significantly more than the 0.57 managed by Fernandinho.

There will be some doubts regarding his adaptability, as the Premier League is much more physical and Jorginho isn’t the most dominant of midfield players. However, he makes up for that with his intelligence and anticipation.

The 26-year-old has proven to be a more efficient ball-winner than Fernandinho, as he averages 1.63 successful tackles and 1.82 interceptions per ninety minutes. Meanwhile, the City midfielder is averaging 1.07 successful tackles and 1.43 interceptions per ninety minutes.

The standout part of Jorginho’s game is his passing and ball retention. He is very good at moving the ball quickly and putting his side on the front foot. The midfielder averages 94.44 passes per ninety minutes and 74.5% of those go forward.

The fact he has a pass completion rate of 89% underlines his quality on the ball and Pep Guardiola would view him as the perfect player to have at the base of a midfield.

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City need a midfielder who can quickly move the ball across the pitch and put the talented attacking players in a position to cause damage.

Jorginho would be a good option to do this, but the price tag reported by the Guardian is a touch high. There would instantly be huge expectations on the Napoli midfielder and his lack of dynamism means that he would quickly emerge as a target for criticism.

There are advantages to signing Jorginho and he would be a good addition, but he isn’t going to push Manchester City to the next level.

Guardiola needs to sign individuals that are going to make improve the team’s chances in the Champions League and the midfielder isn’t one of those elite players.

At the reported price, he would be a risk and one that doesn’t offer big rewards.

Jake is a journalist based in the South East. He is a Newcastle United fan and has a keen interest in Dutch football. Jake can be found on Twitter here - @jakejackmann.

Arsenal

Could Arsenal’s new project lure Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles to London?

The Newcastle captain had a terrific debut season in the Premier League.

Liam Thomas

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Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles enjoyed a terrific debut season in the Premier League and as such has found himself the subject of many transfer rumours since the window reopened on the 17th May.

However, according to the Chronicle Live, it would take a hefty transfer fee to make Newcastle part ways with one of their prized assets and captain.

Despite this, Arsenal should consider making a move for Lascelles to strengthen their defence and there’s no hiding the fact new Gunners boss Unai Emery is concerned about his sides defensive frailties.

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At 24 years of age, Lascelles has the youth and energy needed to survive the harsh Premier League calendar and this is something Arsenal’s defence has lacked in recent seasons; a defence which under Arsene Wenger became lazy and lax.

New Arsenal boss Unai Emery has already invested in Borussia Dortmund’s Sokratis Papastathopoulos to strengthen his back line, but it might take a considerable amount of persuasion to convince Lascelles to follow suit and make the Emirates stadium his new home.

However, it’s not every day a club of Arsenal’s statue come knocking, and to be part of the clubs new exciting chapter may be the perfect antidote to lure Lascelles away from St James’ Park.

“Nothing changes. The speculation might not even be true. Since I was a kid, there’s always been teams interested, speculation, paper talk and stuff on Twitter, and things like that. It doesn’t mean anything to me.”

Newcastle captain, Jamaal Lascelles, regarding the speculation surrounding his future.

But what would Lascelles bring to Arsenal back line? Leadership and stability, two traits that Arsenal’s centre back duo of Laurent Koscielny and Shkodran Mustafi ultimately lacked throughout the 2017/18 Premier League season and two qualities that the Gunners desperately need to be reincorporated into their defence.

It remains to be seen whether or not the new Arsenal boss will break the bank to bring the talented centre back to North London. However, there are not many other defenders in Europe who could come in and do the job as well as the 24-year-old Newcastle captain would.

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Liverpool

Three reasons Jasper Cillessen is the man to solve Liverpool’s goalkeeping woes

Liverpool look poised to make a move for the Barcelona shot stopper.

Liam Thomas

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Liverpool will look to sign Barcelona outcast Jasper Cillessen before the transfer window shuts in a bid to solve their goalkeeping woes, according to Mundo Deportivo.

Cilleseen’s talent is undeniable, and despite a massive lack of game time at Barcelona, the Dutch international is still highly rated amongst Europe’s elite goalkeepers.

Reports suggest Cillessen will listen to offers from Europe’s biggest clubs. However, if given the opportunity for some game time with the Spanish giants he would be happy to stay in Catalonia.

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Nevertheless, Liverpool’s interest in the 29-year-old could prove to be the golden opportunity for Cillessen to get the first team action he has been craving.

But is the Dutchman the man to solve Liverpool’s problem position? Here are three reasons why he is the right man to do so.

1. A cheaper alternative to Alisson

Liverpool have been linked with some of the hottest goalkeeping talents in Europe since the transfer window reopened and one name in particular that has been thrown into the Reds hat is Roma goalkeeper, Alisson Becker.

However, Jurgen Klopp seems reluctant to fork out over £60 million for the Brazilian’s services and Cillessen would be available for a much lower price.

This doesn’t take anything away from the Dutchman’s talent. In fact, Cillissen is more tried and tested on the big stage than Alisson.

2. Winning mentality

Cillessen would bring to Anfield with him a thirst for silverware, a trait that Jurgen Klopp seems to be trying to incorporate into his side.

One La Liga title,  two Spanish cups and three Dutch league titles already sit proudly in the Dutch shot-stoppers trophy cabinet, and it is this winning mentality that Liverpool have been craving to have between their sticks.

3. The chance to be Liverpool’s number one for years to come

If it is first team action that Cillessen wants so badly, he may not have a better opportunity to get that than at Liverpool.

Cillissen would have the chance to rise to the occasion and take over a position that currently has no front runner and the fact that the Reds could just be on the cusp of greatness could make them and the Dutchman a match made in heaven.

The chance to be number one for one of Europe’s biggest clubs can only be motivational for a player of Cillessen’s ability and ambition.

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Watford

Watford should end their interest in Sunderland outcast Jack Rodwell

The former Sunderland midfielder is reportedly training with the Hornets.

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Jack Rodwell is reportedly on trial with Watford during their pre-season training camp in Austria, according to Sky Sports.

However, Watford should end their interest in the Sunderland outcast as he has not played competitive football since September and the club is already well-stocked in the midfield department.

The ex-Manchester City and Everton central midfielder had an embarrassingly public falling out at the Stadium of Light, as Rodwell was frozen out of the first team for almost all of last season.

The 27-year-old was once one of the most promising prospects in English football, but a 2012 big-money move to City resulted in only 25 first team appearances over two years.

After  a transfer to Sunderland, his fortunes did not improve and Rodwell was on the losing side for much of his matches in the Northeast.

As he barely featured for the Black Cats during their relegation campaign in the Championship last year, it came as a surprise that he is currently on trial with Premier League outfit Watford.

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Although he would be available on a relatively low-risk free transfer this summer, there is no need for the Hornets to be targeting Rodwell.

As noted by the Watford Observer, the club’s midfield is already full of talent that many would agree are easily better than Rodwell, especially when considering his lack of first team action.

Watford possess the likes of Nathaniel Chalobah, Etienne Capoue, Will Hughes, Tom Cleverley, and Abdoulaye Doucoure in the centre of midfield— it is unclear where Rodwell would fit in if he was signed.

Jack Rodwell has barely played professional football in over a year, and considering Watford’s wealth of options in his favoured position, the Premier League club has no reason to pursue the signing of the free agent.

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