Arsenal and Chelsea tracking Verona's Jorginho
Arsenal and Chelsea in pursuit of Italian starlet
According to talkSPORT, Premier League giants Chelsea and Arsenal are tracking Hellas Verona's Jorginho. Previously linked with Milan and Liverpool, the Brazilian-born Italian U21 international is said to valued at £10 million.
A product of the Verona youth system, Jorginho has been a first team member since 2010, making 86 appearances in all competitions for the Verona outfit. The 2013-14 season has been Jorginho's first in the Serie A, previously helping the Italian club finish second in Serie B and subsequently achieve promotion to the Italian top flight.
This season, the youngster has been an absolute revelation. Verona boss Andrea Mandorlini employs a 4-3-3 and the central midfielder has been prolific, netting five goals and contributing one assist in his first eight league matches.
Aside from his goal contributions, the 21-year-old is averaging 2.3 tackles, 1.9 interceptions and just 0.6 fouls per game, alluding to accurate tackling. Jorginho is also sporting an 86.7 percent pass completion rate and 1.5 key passes per match.
To put those numbers in perspective, let's compare the Verona man to some of Chelsea and Arsenal's current central midfielders. Jorginho's passing percentage is superior to that of Frank Lampard, Jack Wilshere and Ramires. He averages more tackles per game than Mathieu Flamini and John Obi Mikel, and more interceptions than Mikel, Ramires, Lampard, Flamini, Ramsey, Arteta and Wilshere.
Jorginho has been a huge factor in Verona's surprise climb to fourth place in Serie A and has been exceptionally impressive of late, scoring five goals in the last four matches. While his scoring numbers, especially for a midfielder, have been superb, it must be said that four of those five goals have come from the penalty spot, including a brace of penalties to seal the three points against Parma.
The Italian starlet looks to be a promising talent, but with an already crowded midfield contingent at both Stamford Bridge and the Emirates, spending some more time with his current club could do him a world of good. A January move may be a little too ambitious, but Jorginho is one of Serie A's brightest stars and he'll be one for Gunners and Blues supporters to keep their eyes on.