Club director: Sale of coveted Liverpool and Napoli target inevitable

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Hellas Verona have admitted that keeping hold of Jorginho will prove a task beyond them.

The 22-year-old has been an object of desire for top European clubs after impressing in his first top flight campaign with the promoted Mastini.

Chelsea and Liverpool had emerged as prime suitors in the Premier League in search of midfield reinforcements, reportedly sending scouts to watch him live.

Elsewhere Zenit St Petersburg were also tipped to make an offer whilst in Serie A Fiorentina were also thought to be lining up a bid.

Yet Napoli – also mentioned in the discussion from the beginning – have emerged as prime candidates, with Il Mattino claiming a deal worth up to £8.3m has been struck.

And the Italian newspaper has contended the Partenopei are desperate to wrap up the deal as soon as possible – to stave off a challenge from Liverpool.

Verona general director Giovanni Gandini has now admitted that Jorginho will have to be sold – citing that the club have already prepared to move on from the Brazilian-Italian.

“If even the big clubs in Italian football are forced to sell to survive, it is evident that we sooner or later will have to cash in,” he told television programme Vighini Show.

“Nobody is indispensible; we are structured so that somebody is always ready to come in. We will have a new Jorginho, a new [Juan] Iturbe.

“The only thing that matters, to date, is that have 32 points, a team with a style of play and a philosophy.”

Gandini hasn’t noted that Jorginho will be on the move in the next two weeks – but the Bentegodi outfit are clearly resigned to allowing their crown jewel to leave.

Earlier in the term the club managerment were more combative on the topic, though interest and the economic strains of keeping a hot commodity have come to bear.

The statements quite simply lend legitimacy to reports that Jorginho is close to Napoli – who were only just kept from Maxime Gonalons at the final hurdle by Lyon’s president.

Verona are ready to sell – so for Liverpool the only impediment seemingly left lies at the San Paolo, ready and willing to spend under Aurelio De Laurentiis.

If the Reds move quickly they may be able to get their man yet – after all Napoli seem worried about such interference – with any barriers from Jorginho’s current employers appearing to have been brought down by Gandini.

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