10 Oct 2015

Contact Made: Liverpool want 'exceptional' £30m Brazilian as part of Klopp transfer overhaul

It's only Jurgen Klopp's third day in charge of Liverpool, but the transfer rumours are already flying, and after Ilkay Gundogan, Napoli star Jorge Luiz Frello Filho - aka Jorginho - is the latest name to enter the fray.

According to Italian newspaper Gazetta Dello Sport this week:

* Liverpool and Southampton have made 'enquiries' about Jorginho.

* Klopp is planning a 'considerable overhaul' of the side during the January transfer window.

* The Reds will have to pay up to €30m for Jorginho.

This is not the first time Liverpool have been linked with Jorginho.

In the summer of 2013, Sky Sports Italia, claimed that Liverpool put in a €10m bid for the 23-year old Brazilian.

Some info about Jorginho.

* Defensive midfielder, who can also play as an attacking mid.

* Born in Brazil, but grew up in Italy, and came through the Verona youth academy.

* Chose to represent Italy at international level, and is eligible for a work permit.

* 20 goals/assists in 96 apps for Hellas Verona, and 5 goals/assists in 65 games for Napoli.

* Only 7 days on injury time for his entire career to date.

* Liverpool's scouts have reportedly watched Jorginho several times, along with scouts from Arsenal, Chelsea, AC Milan, Juventus, Manchester United and Man City.

* Description from Four Four Two magazine: "Jorginho’s qualities lie in his vision and passing ability. His distribution is exceptional, and he possesses the ability to place long, diagonal passes or unlock the defence with a quick, clever ball. The regista averaged an 89.6% pass-completion rate for Napoli last season".

A Xabi Alonso-style deep-lying playmaker with defensive abilities is something Liverpool have lacked for years, and with Klopp focused on creating a 'stable' defensive unit, it makes sense that he'd target this type of player.

If Liverpool sign another central midfielder, though, then it's surely going to be curtains for one or two of Liverpool's existing midfielders. My money is on Lucas and Joe Allen being moved on, but there's also the possibility that Emre Can may ultimately find himself on the unwanted list.

Hopefully, Rodgers' departure means that James Milner will no longer be an automatic first-choice. If he's to stay in the team, Klopp should (IMO) convert him into a defensive-midfielder.

It's also possible that Klopp may not see Milner as part of his long term plans.

Author: Jaimie K


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