Manchester City are closing in on the signings of Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez and Jorginho of Napoli.
The Blues had three bids for Algeria’s Mahrez rejected during the January transfer window but returned with a new offer following the end of the season.
Negotiations are ongoing with Leicester as the two clubs attempt to come to an agreement, with Patrick Roberts a potential makeweight.
Jorginho and Riyad Mahrez on the verge of signing for #mcfc.
— Jordan Elgott (@JElgott) June 16, 2018
Fans of the Barclays Premier League champions are hoping the deal finally goes through.
“I think City have been looking for a player for a while who can go out and win games on their own, barring Sergio Aguero,” said City fan Elliot Hallworth.
Fellow supporter Ethan Cohen believes that the signing is necessary due to the exhausting demands on City’s currently small squad.
“It’s critical we’ve got a big squad with depth for next season to make sure we can cope with the demands of matches in the FA Cup, Premier League, Champions League and the Carabao Cup,” he said.
While Mahrez’s quality is there for all to see, Manchester United fan Jason Hamburger says he isn’t too concerned by the Algerian.
“I think he’ll spend a lot of time on the bench, as I think Leroy Sané and Raheem Sterling are arguably better than him,” he concluded.
The signing of Jorginho looks closer to completion, with some outlets suggesting a deal could be struck by the end of the week.
Negotiations between City and Napoli seem to have now progressed following a breakdown in talks, where the president of the Italian club, Aurelio De Laurentiis, voiced his frustration at City’s refusal to pay his asking price.
Jorginho looks to fit the bill for Pep Guardiola, as the Brazilian-born Italian international completed the most passes in Europe’s top five leagues last season.