Newly-promoted Hellas Verona are performing beyond all expectations in the Italian top flight, where they currently occupy fourth place and Chelsea and Arsenal are reportedly keen to sign the star of the show for them so far, a Brazilian-born Italian by the name of Jorginho.
Despite their great start Hellas are as long as 100/1 to reach one of Italy’s three Champions League places by the end of the season.
The 21-year-old has chipped in with five goals and an assist in eight games this season.
Despite his youth Jorge Luiz Frello (as his mum calls him) had already amassed 104 senior starts by the time the 2012/13 Serie B runners-up began life in the top level but had only five goals to his name.
He’s already matched that total within eight games of beginning his top tier career and besides this has shown great versatility by playing as a defensive-midfielder, an attacking-midfielder and a second striker at various times.
Jorginho’s agent held preliminary talks with Arsenal last week.
Italian website Tutto Mercato report that the Gunners have already made contact with the Italian’s representative, whilst the Daily Star understands Liverpool to have held an interest in the midfielder as early as this summer.
It’s arguable that given the north London club’s packed midfield the Hellas man would be better off heading to Anfield where cover for Lucas and Steven Gerrard is not of the highest standard.
Along with Arsenal, the Express understands Chelsea had scouts present to watch him during his club’s latest 3-2 win over Parma.
Signals are mixed over the likelihood of a £10m January switch.
Knowing his valuation may only increase with every convincing showing in Serie A clubs courting Jorginho are likely to test his employer’s resolve in the winter window.
However, he’s given some hope to fans of the Gialloblu that he’ll stay on to aid their attainment of Serie A survival telling Gazzetta dello Sport “staying here for another season would only do me good.”