Liverpool are now said to be at the front of the queue in the pursuit of talented Brazilian-Italian midfielder Jorginho. According to reports in Italy the Merseyside club are readying a €10.5 million bid for the 21-year-old.
But reports in Italy told us a very different story relating to the midfielder just a little over a month ago; when he was reportedly on his way to AC Milan.
According to reports back then the Rossoneri had agreed a deal to sign the player and then loan him back to Hellas Verona, his current club, for the upcoming season.
This would have suited Verona to the ground for several reasons. First because they could really use the talents of their star player in Serie A next season. Tipped as one of the favourites for the drop after their promotion from Serie B his services would be more than useful.
Secondly was the bizarre and inconclusive reports over an apparent release clause in his contract, said to be in the region of £3.5 million, that was only valid to teams outside of Italy.
His agent did quash claims of an AC Milan deal at the time so he may very well clear things up in regards to Liverpool’s ‘approach’ in due course; but in general nothing is clear in this transfer dealings.
Along with the numerous clubs being linked with his signature, Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Juventus to name some others, is the inconsistencies regarding this mystery release clause. In fact Chelsea were also said to have made a 'breakthrough' in his pursuit back in April.
Sure Liverpool would love to get him in for a cut-price £3.5 million and that would be an incredible coup considering his form last season.
But they have apparently bid far more then this apparently set-in-stone cost; which suggests no such clause exists at this moment in time.
It could be it has expired or indeed never existed but the crux of the issue is this; do not get excited over his imminent arrival.
Jorginho is big news in Italy. Easily one of the best players in Serie B last season and a debate raging over his international allegiance (he has expressed a desire to play for Italy despite being born in Brazil) he is almost the boot peninsula’s version of Wilfried Zaha.
So there is naturally a lot of rumour and conjecture around his future which, as proven in the AC Milan case, does not always prove to be true.
So until he is posing outside the Paisley gates holding up a red shirt with his name and number on the back expect the unexpected in this potential transfer saga.
Do you think the interest in Jorginho is genuine?
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