Liverpool set to step up chase for £15m Arsenal target

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Liverpool look as if they could move ahead of Premier League rivals Arsenal in the race to sign Jorginho.

According to The Metro, the Reds have been tracking the Hellas Verona playmaker since the start of the campaign and now will look to do business with the Serie A outfit in an attempt to ease the pressure and indeed the burden placed on inspirational captain Steven Gerrard.

21-year-old Jorginho, who is a product of Verona's youth system, has developed an impressive pedigree at Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi, contributing seven goals and one assist so far this season as Andrea Mandorlini's newly-promoted side have coped remarkably well with the step up in quality to occupy sixth position in the Serie A standings.

Such impressive contributions to the cause have seen Jorginho repeatedly linked with a potential move away from Verona, with Arsenal having been linked with his signature. Indeed, the Premier League leaders reportedly held talks over a potential move earlier this season and are still believed to be following him now.

It certainly seems as if Brendan Rodgers is in the market to bolster his midfield, with Gerrard likely to miss up to a month through injury, Jordan Henderson struggling after becoming the victim of an incredibly reckless challenge from West Ham captain Kevin Nolan last week and Iago Aspas and Joe Allen largely failing to raise the excitement levels at Anfield.

Arsenal, meanwhile, would presumably be discontent to see one of their targets move to a direct rival. However, is another playmaker really what Arsene Wenger requires?

While Jorginho - a player reportedly worth around £15 million - is undoubtedly a rather talented individual, it is doubtful that he has already developed the talent necessary to contribute more than the likes of Mesut Ozil and Santi Cazorla at the Emirates Stadium.

Rather, it might be suggested that Arsenal would be wiser to instead look for defensive reinforcements - particularly after their backline was shown up in spectacular fashion during today's emphatic 6-3 defeat at the hands of Manchester City - or indeed a striker capable of covering for Olivier Giroud.

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