€10m Chelsea and Liverpool target told he can leave Serie A club

Chelsea and Liverpool could turn their attention back to long-term target Jorginho who has been told he can leave Serie A side Verona this month.

Both sides have big aspirations this season, with Chelsea chasing another title under the returning Jose Mourinho, whilst Liverpool will have aims of clinching a top four place and return to the Champions League in doing so.

Brendan Rodgers has so far had a decent season, spearheaded by the goals of star striker Luis Suarez, but is still seeking new recruits in the January transfer window.

Central midfield is a surprise position of interest for the Reds, who have Lucas Leiva, Steven Gerrard, Joe Allen and a much improved Jordan Henderson regularly playing in the heart of midfield. But links to Sevilla's Ivan Rakitic and Derby County's Will Hughes would suggest that Rodgers still wants to improve the middle of the park, especially with Gerrard now set to turn 34 and struggling with injuries.

Meanwhile, Chelsea have been linked with a number of central midfield players as Michael Essien looks set to leave the club. Chelsea are also in a similar situation to Liverpool where a long-serving midfielder – Frank Lampard – is now ageing and a replacement will need to be groomed to replace him. Fredy Guarin and Nemanja Matic have been strongly linked, but not deals have been struck with Inter Milan or Benfica respectively.

But now they could both make moves in the transfer market after rumoured target Jorginho was told he could leave Italian club Verona this month if a “great offer” comes in for him.

Fellow Serie A side Napoli are also interested in the 22 year old, whose agent Joao Santos confirmed that his client could leave before the transfer deadline.

"He can leave Verona now if he receives a great offer - if an important proposal arrives it is fair that the player is allowed to leave. In Italy there are three or four teams who can pay for him and Napoli is one of them.

"Napoli is one of the most important clubs in Italy. If Napoli want him they should talk with Verona, who play their next match against the Blues. Now Jorginho is focused on the team and does not think about the transfer market."

Rumours earlier in the season suggested that the Brazilian-turned-Italian midfielder would command a fee in the region of €10m (£8.25m) and both Liverpool and Chelsea will be able to afford that fee.

In the short-term, it may appear that a move to Liverpool may be more beneficial for Jorginho, but Chelsea have been searching for a partner for Ramires in midfield all season, and whilst competition for places will be fierce, Jorginho could make the position his own over time.

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