Manchester City’s pursuit of the Napoli midfielder Jorginho has raised one unavoidable question: is he travelling there on a skateboard?
A secondary question, assuming the answer to the first one is yes, would be: is Jorginho actually rubbish at riding this skateboard and keeps falling off, before getting gingerly back to his feet and slowly setting off again?
The reason this question must be asked is that the completion of the transfer seems to be taking an awfully long time. Like, a worryingly long time.
For pretty much every day of the past month, it has been reported that the Premier League champions are “closing in” on the Italian’s signature for an alleged fee of £48m.
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In fact, all the way back on 31 May 2018, non-gossip dabblers BBC Sport reported that Jorginho was “close to” moving to the Etihad and a deal would be concluded “by the end of next week”. And that’s not in the BBC Sport gossip column by the way; that’s an actual BBC article.
Yet here we are, six weeks later, and the 26-year-old is still in Naples and City are still allegedly “about to” seal the deal.
But this dithering could prove costly, because the Manchester Evening News reports that Chelsea are set to intercept Jorginho’s skateboard somewhere north-east of Lyon… and hijack it!
They don’t actually say that, there is no mention of a skateboard specifically, but the paper does report that the Blues will attempt to take advantage of the delays in the City deal by bringing Jorginho to west London instead.