Interest in the Brazilian-Italian has been rampant this January as he’s impressed in his 18 Serie A appearances with seven goals and three assists.
An extensive list of suitors has seemingly been whittled down to just Napoli and Liverpool in the past weeks – both keen to bolster their midfield ranks.
On Wednesday Verona general director Giovanni Gandini conceded that his club had come to terms with having to sell their crown jewel, a product of the Mastini’s youth academy.
The Italian press had already contended that Napoli had a preliminary agreement for an £8.3m deal with the 22-year-old’s current employers – looking to conclude the move swiftly to hold off a last-ditch challenge from Liverpool.
And now Hellas Verona sporting director Sean Sogliano has now verified that the San Paolo outfit have tabled a bid for Jorginho, with a reply yet to come.
“I can confirm we have received an offer from Napoli,” he told Calcionapoli24.it.
“There will be news shortly, we are considering it.
The announcement seemingly sees Liverpool left out in the cold – and rightly so the Reds will feel they’ve missed out if Napoli’s capture is confirmed.
Italian clubs had eyes for Jorginho even before he set foot in the top flight – his last term in Serie B having been a blinder – but even so it took a lovely start to life to make interest concrete.
In turn the Reds weren’t beaten by knowledge – but by a more proactive adversary.
Napoli have scoured Europe for midfielders this January – coming within a hair’s breadth of former Arsenal target Maxime Gonalons – yet appear to have done the business for a player Liverpool reportedly were focused on.
Most disappointing is that Jorginho looks a brilliant fit for Brendan Rodgers’ side – an accurate distributor, creative and combative defensively for all his flair going forward.
At £8.3m he’s affordable, too, and the value of his tremendous upside requires no further explanation in relation to matters on or off the pitch.
It’s still not a done deal, but it looks likely the Verona man will be donning the Azzurri of Napoli rather than becoming a Red by month’s end.
Certainly not a devastating blow for Liverpool – but a miss nonetheless that could’ve gone on to become a major leading light at Anfield down the years.
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