Zenit prepare sizeable bid for Liverpool and Chelsea target Jorginho

Interest in Hellas Verona’s Jorginho continues to burgeon as the January transfer window approaches.

Liverpool and Chelsea have been repeatedly linked with a move for the 22-year-old throughout 2013, with the Brazilian-Italian impressing in his maiden Serie A campaign for the Mastini.

Seven goals and three assists have seen him anchor Andrea Mandorlini’s side in the centre of the park, leading the newly-promoted outfit to sixth place in the table ahead of the winter break in Italy, just two points adrift of automatic qualification to the Europa League.

Brendan Rodgers and Jose Mourinho have each been on the hunt for reinforcements in midfield in advance of  2014 and have each been tipped to make a move for the his services in January.

However, new competition has arisen in the past days in the form of Zenit St Petersburg, currently under the direction of former AS Roma boss Luciano Spalletti, presenting a roadblock to the Premier League duo’s reported aspirations of delivering Jorginho to England.

Il Corriere di Verona have maintained that the Russian giants will step in with a sizeable bid of at least €10 million in the coming weeks in an effort to convince a hesitant Hellas Verona to sell, offering the midfielder personal terms of €1.35 million per season on a three year deal.

The paper contends that such figures may convince the Stadio Bentegodi outfit to part with their star man, the crown jewel product of the club’s youth system, leaving Chelsea and Liverpool at risk of missing out if not prepared to stump up similar amounts of cash to see him in their respective shirts.

Yet, another twist exists in the race for Jorginho’s signature, as Fifa agent Eugenio Ascari has confirmed his belief that Verona sporting director Sean Sogliano may be planning to bring the youngster to Milan with him should he cross the divide, a possibility that has before been suggested in the Italian press.

Sogliano has been relentlessly paired with a San Siro switch as the Rossoneri look to reshuffle their management structure to secure the club’s future, though has previously insisted that he hasn’t been contacted by the northern giants.

However, Ascari has remained adamant that the Verona transfer guru will leave for Milan at the end of the season in a scenario that could see Jorginho land in the Italian fashion capital as well.

“It’s 99% that the sporting director of Verona, Sogliano, will got to Milan and this could facilitate a move to the Rossoneri for Jorginho,” he told Radio Toscana.

“Sogliano could arrive in Milan with the gift of the Gialloblu’s playmaker.”

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