Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers looks set to turn his attention to Hellas Verona midfielder Jorginho, following his failure to bring Henrikh Mkhitaryan to Anfield.

Mkhitaryan completed the move to the Champions League runners-up earlier this month, in a deal thought to be worth a reported £20m.

Mkhitaryan had been Rodgers' number one transfer target this summer, and his signing for Borussia Dortmund will come as a blow to Rodgers' pre-season plans. 

Because of this, Rodgers may to turn to an arguably cheaper alternative - Hellas Verona's midfield playmaker, Jorge Luiz Frello Filho, more commonly known as Jorginho.

The 21-year-old has impressed at Verona since his arrival from Sambonifacese in 2011.

He has made 76 appearances in the Verona first-team since his arrival, fast becoming a fan favourite at the Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi.

And his form was pivotal in Verona's promotion to Serie A, as they finished 2nd in Italy's second division last season.

Jorginho has featured for the Italy Under-21 side of late, and is a key part of Devis Mangia's plans for the future, despite being born in Brazil.

Arsene Wenger's Arsenal and Serie A outfit AC Milan are also thought to be tracking the movements of the youngster.

According to talkSPORT, Verona rate their prized asset at around £7m, and they are unlikely to accept any potential offers below this valuation.

This could put Rodgers off making a bid for the playmaker, with Jorginho relatively unproven. 

Should he make the move to Anfield, he would join Luis Alberto, Iago Aspas, Simon Mignolet and Kolo Toure, who have all joined up with Liverpool for the upcoming Premier League campaign.


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