“The two clubs are talking. Jorginho is in Brazil and waiting to find out what his future will be,” Jose Santos told Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli. “We have a verbal agreement with Manchester City, we are waiting for Napoli and the English to find an agreement.
“With a club like City, the names of the players they’re interested in always leak, but if the clubs can’t reach an agreement, there’s no point moving forward.
“Everything is in the hands of Aurelio De Laurentiis and Manchester City’s president. I can’t give you a date for when the talks will be complete.”
Speculation this week has suggested that the two clubs are still some distance apart over a transfer fee, with Napoli setting a minimum asking price of £50 million and holding out for more, while City are looking to seal a deal for an initial £44m.
“The only certainty is that Jorginho will play in a blue shirt next year,” Santos added.
Griezmann, 27, has long been chased by La Liga champions Barca – who have been looking to take advantage of the €100 million (Dh428m) release clause in his current deal. Los Rojiblancos, however, have tabled a new contract offer that would remove this exit route and put in place a prohibitive price of termination.
The forward promised he would make a decision before France’s World Cup opener against Australia on Saturday and a tweet sent out earlier on Thursday trailed his impending announcement. it featured a pre-recorded interview with Griezmann at his home in the Spanish capital during which he teased his choice.
“You’re fed up with all the talk – am I going, am I staying, how much they will pay me, how much they won’t pay me,” Griezmann said. “But the truth is what I am going to say now…”
The video then fades to black.
This move is a repeat of NBA superstar LeBron James’ live show – that had the same name – by ESPN from 2010 during which he revealed his much-anticipated move to Miami Heat.
Griezmann’s television special will be shown at 23:15 UAE time.
The Ligue 1 side had to dig deep to activate a €222 million (Dh953.4m) release clause in the 26-year-old’s Barcelona contract to land him in August last year.
Asked about his fee, Neymar told www.spox.com: “I’m not proud of the transfer fee, nor of the fact I’m the most expensive player ever.
“That’s just money and nothing else. I cannot help it. Personally, I would have paid less for myself.
“I’m proud that I’ve achieved my childhood goal. That was, and is, most important to me.
“As a player, you always have to show who you are and assert yourself. Just referring to the transfer fee does not help you and says nothing about how good you really are.”
Neymar is currently on World Cup duty in Russia, where Brazil will launch their latest bid for glory against Switzerland on Sunday evening.