£15m Chelsea & Liverpool target poised to join Benitez

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Chelsea and Liverpool are set to miss out on highly-rated Hellas Verona midfielder Jorginho.

The talented Brazilian is poised to join Rafa Benitez, who has managed both the Blues and Reds in the past, at Napoli in the coming days.

Rated at £15million, the young Brazilian has been linked with a clutch of Premier League teams, but it appears Benitez has managed to keep the player in Italy for the foreseeable future.

"Jorginho is here but we need a bit of time to put the fine details on the contract. Jorginho ... is a quality young player which means he can help the team today but also be a player for the future," said Benitez during a pre-match press conference.

It's subsequently been reported that the 22-year-old will sign a four-and-a-half year contract with his new club.

The news will be a blow to the interested English parties, of which Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is thought to be one.

The Reds have been mentioned alongside the player on a number of players in recent months, as they look to strengthen during a title-challenging season at Anfield.

And, has Jorginho moved to Liverpool, he would have joined a number of compatriots in the shape of Lucas Leiva and Philippe Coutinho.

Chelsea are another team with Brazilians in their ranks, with David Luiz, Oscar and Ramires all first-team regulars at Stamford Bridge.

Jose Mourinho has a plethora of attacking midfielder already at his disposal, with the likes of Juan Mata and Oscar spending significant spells on the bench for the Blues this term.

Jorginho would have given 'the special one' even more choice in west London, but a move is now off the cards as Benitez swoops for the player.

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