Hellas Verona midfielder Jorginho has long been heralded as one of the hottest prospects in Italy and now it seems the 21-year-old is set to leave the Serie B outfit.
In January Arsenal reportedly mulled over a potential bid for the player after the clubs Italian based scout Tony Banfield gave ‘a glowing recommendation’ of the talented maestro.
Chelsea’s interest was far more recent. Just a month ago they had reportedly made a breakthrough with a £7 million bid for the player.
And there was good reason for all the apparent English interest in the player.
Reports suggested that Jorginho, full name Jorge Luiz Frello, had a release clause in his contract worth £3.5 million; but only to teams from overseas as domestic interest continued to rise in the player.
While that would have been a pretty sizeable advance on the sum they paid Serie D outfit Sambonifacese for his services in 2011 they would still have hoped to have earned more from his sale.
Then there is his Italian passport to consider; making him eligible to play anywhere in the EU freely which made him more eligible to English suitors.
But despite Verona earning promotion to Serie A it was always likely he would depart; and now one team who were continually linked throughout the past six months seem to have won the race for his much coveted services.
AC Milan were reported to have completed his signing Thursday morning in an undisclosed deal with him likely to stay on-loan with Verona for the foreseeable future. A Milan youth team player, Max Ascolani, may have also gone the other way on a co-ownership scheme; although no official confirmation of that rumour has yet been substantiated.
But as much as the deal is reported as done that does not actually seem to be the case.
"Jorginho to Milan? I have not been called by anyone recently. I will be in Italy next week and I'll talk with the various leaders, not only the situation of Jorginho… Today, however, are assumptions, we have not talked about anything. "
But if that gives fans of the London clubs who would like to see Jorginho arrive any hope it probably shouldn’t.
He was also quick to mention Milan and the potential to a loan move back to Verona.
So it seems while nothing is yet to be set in stone it appears the writing is on the wall; and any breakthrough Chelsea or Arsenal ever made in his pursuit is now consigned to history.
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