Midfielder’s agent in Manchester to discuss transfer to United

With Manchester United’s Michael Carrick set to retire at the end of the season, the search for his replacement has already started, and rumours today suggest that they could be close to finding one.

The Englishman has been restricted to just two appearances this season after having to undergo a procedure to correct an irregular heart rhythm, and has recently announced that he will hang up his boots at the end of the current campaign and join Jose Mourinho’s coaching staff.

United have been linked with a number of defensive midfielders to replace the 36-year-old, including Shakhtar Donetsk’s Fred, and Nice midfielder Jean Michel Seri, but reports in Italy claim that the representatives of Napoli midfielder Jorginho have travelled to Manchester to discuss a potential move to Old Trafford.

The Italian international has featured 18 times in the League for Napoli this season, scoring two goals and providing three assists this season as Napoli have developed into one of Serie A’s strongest sides.

Born in Brazil, Jorginho moved to Italy at a young age, and began his professional career with the Verona youth team, before being promoted to the senior team. During the 2010/11 season, he was sent on loan to Sambonifacese before moving to Napoli in January 2014, where he immediately won the Coppa Italia and the Supercoppa Italiana.