Napoli omitted the 26-year-old midfielder from their pre-season training camp, fuelling speculation that a deal is close to being signed. New Partenopei coach Carlo Ancelotti named a 23-man squad for the trip to northern Italy at the end of this month.
Jorginho played in Italy’s post-season internationals with some arguing that he is enjoying an extended holiday. However, fellow Azzurri Insigne and Verdi will travel with Ancelotti’s squad.
City’s patient pursuit of the midfielder is beginning to pay dividends with recent reports from Italy suggesting the two clubs are close to reaching an agreement over a fee. Napoli proved obdurate negotiators, determined to hold out for a deal which comes close to their initial £60m valuation of Jorginho.
Reports in some English newspapers claim a medical could take place as early as this week.
Pep Guardiola is keen on the Italy international joining before City leave for their tour of the United States where they face Dortmund, Liverpool and Bayern Munich in friendlies, before facing Chelsea at Wembley in the Community Shield.