13 Nov 2013

Agent confirms: €12m Brazilian star wanted by LFC 'could leave'. Anfield-bound...?

Over the summer, several sources - including Sky Sports Italia and Italian football show SportItalia - claimed that Liverpool put in a bid for Brazilian midfielder Jorge Luiz Frello Filho - aka Jorginho - who currently plays for Serie A side Hellas Verona. Recent reports suggest that the Reds and Arsenal still want Jorginho, and his Agent has now confirmed that a transfer could be on the cards.

Speaking to reporters, Jorginho's agent, Joao Santos, told reporters:

“He [Jorginho] could leave in the summer if he continues to confirm himself at this level, even if it would be pleasing to see him, Martinho and Rafael still wearing the Gialloblu jersey if Verona qualified for the Europa League"

In a July broadcast of Italian sports show 'SportItalia', journalist Alfredo Pedulla - formerly of Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport - confirmed that Liverpool had put in an €8m offer for Jorginho. Soon after that, Pedulla further claimed that:

* Verona President, Mauricio Setti, is willing to sell if the price is right.
* The asking price for Jorginho is €10m.
* Setti met with Liverpool reps in London to discuss the transfer.

Soon after that, reports in Italy claimed that:

* Jorginho's reps met Arsenal for discussions over a proposed January move to the Premier League.

* Arsene Wenger is readying a €12m bid for the Brazilian midfielder.

When asked this week about his future at Verona, Jorginho made it clear that he's open to a move away. He told reporters:

"If it's true that there is interest [from other clubs] I will be more than happy [to leave]."

Jorginho can play in several different positions (attacking midfield; Defensive mid; Central-mid playmaker, and Right wing), so Rodgers' interest is hardly surprising. Additionally, with 73 appearances in the last two seasons, the Brazilian has a good level of experience for his age, and his great form last season helped Verona to win promotion to Serie A.

Alas, if Arsenal are on the scene, it looks like the Reds will probably miss out. The Gunners are in the Champions League, and with their current scintillating form, and the allure of Wenger/Ozil/London etc, it'll come as no surprise if Jorginho ends up at the Emirates.

Hellas Verona are currently 6th in Serie A, with Jorginho on 5 goals/1 assist in 12 games for the season so far.

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