Barcelona battle Manchester United and Liverpool for Andres Iniesta replacement

Barcelona are reportedly ready to join the race to seal the transfer of Napoli midfielder Jorginho this summer as a replacement for Andres Iniesta.

The veteran playmaker recently announced his departure from the Catalan giants, as reported by the Independent, and it’ll take a lot of work to find anyone who can offer close to the great service he’s provided for much of the last decade.

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Long regarded as one of the finest players in the world, Iniesta will likely to go down as an all-time great in midfield and it would be unsurprising to see Barcelona already working to replace him.

According to Don Balon, Philippe Coutinho has learned that Jorginho is emerging as a top candidate for the club after his impressive displays in Serie A this season.

Jorginho Napoli
Jorginho has emerged as a transfer target for Barcelona

The Italy international has also been linked with Liverpool by the Daily Mirror, and as one of a number of top targets for Manchester United in midfield by the Metro.

Jorginho does seem a good fit for Barcelona’s style of play, but it remains to be seen if he’s quite the same creative force that Iniesta has been.

The 26-year-old generally seems to be viewed as more of a deep-lying midfield player these days with a mix of defensive and creative duties.


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