Arsenal targeting Napoli midfielder Jorginho

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Arsene Wenger is interested in bolstering his midfield with the acquisition of Napoli midfielder Jorginho in the summer, according to Italian outlet Tuttomercatoweb.

Jorginho has played a key role in Napoli’s red-hot start to Serie A, where they are top of the table after an undefeated start to the campaign.

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“If Brazil call him up, he will accept it,” said Jorginho’s agent, Joao Santos. Despite having represented Italy twice in friendlies and proving his quality at club level with Napoli, Jorginho is unwanted by the country of his residence.

The Brazil-born midfielder moved to Italy at a young age, rising through the ranks at Hellas Verona and plying his trade in Serie C and Serie B before earning promotion to the Italian top-flight with I Gialloblu in 2013.

A transfer to Napoli followed, and the 25-year-old has slowly built a reputation as one of the most underrated midfielders in Europe.

Known for his distributive and ball-winning qualities, Jorginho has caught the attention of Arsene Wenger and Arsenal, who would be happy to substantially improve on his reported €50,000 per week salary at Napoli.

A potential stumbling block in the way of signing the Napoli man would be Arsenal’s current situation in Europe, where they have fallen out of the UEFA Champions League picture for the first time in Arsene Wenger’s lengthy tenure.

However, Arsenal don’t appear to be considering a move until the summer, giving them time to put themselves in a more suitable position to approach Jorginho ahead of the 2018/19 campaign.

 

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