Rival English clubs to fight Juventus for Serie A star's signature

Both Liverpool and Arsenal are preparing to do battle with the Serie A's Old Lady for Verona midfielder.

Liverpool are preparing to step-up their pursuit of highly-rated Verona midfielder Jorginho, after the player was linked to a potential move to Serie A club Juventus. Manager Brendan Rodgers is a long-time admirer of the Brazil-born attacker, who impressed during last season’s promotion-winning campaign in Serie B and was reportedly tracking the player last summer.

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The Reds ultimately opted against a move for the player, but after making an excellent start to the current campaign in the top-flight, with three goals in seven appearances, the clamour surrounding the 21-year-old appears to have intensified.

A report in Tuttosport indicates that current Scudetto holders Juventus are preparing to line-up a January bid for the player, with Europa League chasers Fiorentina also believed to be considering a move.

Rome-based club Lazio have already had one bid for the attacker turned down and are likely to return with an improved offer for the star. And according to the Express, the renewed interest in the player has prompted Liverpool to rethink their stance on Jorginho.

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But they are not alone in wanting to bring the midfielder to the Premier League, with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger also keeping a close eye on the youngster.

This increased interest in the player is likely to push up Verona’s valuation of the player, who has made over 80 appearances for the 1985 Scudetto winners.

Hellas Verona have been the surprise package of the Italian top-flight so far this season and currently sit in fifth in Serie A.

Should this form continue through until Christmas, then the club may reconsider whether to sell Jorginho before the conclusion of the current campaign, with any hope of qualifying for Europe likely to see a move delayed until the conclusion of the season.

That could play to Liverpool’s favour, should the Reds achieve Champions League qualification with a top-four finish in the Premier League.

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