The Sun are today reporting that Arsenal are lining up a potential summer move for highly-rated Napoli midfielder Jorginho.
The club was heavily linked to the player back in July, though Arsene Wenger’s advances were soon quashed by the Italian giants, notorious for their firm stances and exaggerated asking prices when it comes to selling their own gems.
The amount Arsenal were willing to pay back then, thought to be around the £15 million mark, will have to be significantly increased if Napoli’s shrewd chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis is to be brought to the negotiating table.
Jorginho’s performances this season have gone somewhat under the radar given the goalscoring exploits of the irresistible front three of Insigne, Callejón and Mertens. Yet the versatile midfielder has continued his fine form from last season which saw him finish as the top passer per game in Europe’s top five leagues.
As well as an eye for a pass, he’s been the metronome controlling the tempo of the Partonopei’s play. His style would certainly suit Wenger’s style, but whether boss Maurizio Sarri will let his integral playmaker go is another matter.
Napoli aren’t in a position to sell, certainly not in January anyway. With ten wins out of eleven in the league, they’re on course for a first Scudetto in twenty eight years, and much of the success up to now has been down to the unassuming presence of the Brazilian born midfielder.
However unlike reigning champions Juventus, Napoli don’t have the economic facility to match the top sides in Europe. Jorginho’s contract runs out in 2020, but if Arsenal table an offer exceeding £40 million it’ll be hard for De Laurentils to resist.
A successful World Cup for the 25-year-old could be the cherry on the cake of the deal. Whether he’ll be playing for his adopted Italy, for whom he already has 2 caps, or for his birth country Brazil, is of yet uncertain.
Like Wenger, Brazil manager Tite is a big fan and said to be interested in fighting with Italy manager Gian Piero Ventura for Jorginho’s future services.
They may not be the only two managers scrapping over the midfielder this summer.