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Mercato Madness: Jorginho Deal Almost Done?

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According to Gianluca Di Marzio, a deal to bring Jorginho to Naples is agreed and a medical is the only thing between him and a blue shirt.

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With much of the last week's worth of transfer rumors dominated by talk of a potential Jorginho transfer, now it sounds like it's becoming a reality. Gianluca Di Marzio reported earlier that a deal has been agreed and that the midfielder will have a physical with the club tomorrow before signing his contract.

The deal is reported to be €5.5 million for a co-ownership arrangement, obviously with Jorginho joining Napoli for the rest of the season. Generally mid-season co-ownerships are mostly a formality, with the receiving team making a pre-determined "bid" to secure the rest of the player's rights, but you can never quite tell for sure in Italy.

Either way, this is a positive move for Napoli. Jorginho brings an additional creative presence to the midfield that has been sorely lacking, and would keep a playmaker in the side should Marek Hamsik miss time again.  He does good defensive work as well, though he's more of a Luka Modric-esque get-in-to-passing-lanes-and-disrupt pivot defender than a Javier Mascherano-esque run-around-blowing-people-up pivot defender.

He also directly helps the squad depth for the upcoming Europa League run, as he won't be cup-tied for that competition like most of the other midfielders recently linked to the club, like Etienne Capoue. All around, there's absolutely nothing not to like about this move if it pans out. Consider me hopeful that this isn't just smoke being blown around to torture fans.