Jorginho subject of Arsenal interest after scouts spotted

SSC Napoli v Trabzonspor AS - UEFA Europa League Round of 32

Premier League giants Arsenal are weighing up a January bid for Napoli's in-form midfielder Jorginho, according to reports from Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport.

It is believed Arsene Wenger is a big admirer of the Brazilian-born Italian and he wants to boost his side's chances of winning the Premier League title by adding the 23-year-old to his ranks in January.

The Gunners have been hit by an injury crisis, as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mikel Arteta, Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere and Tomas Rosicky are all unavailable for selection, which leaves Wenger with very few options in the middle of the park.


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One of Arsenal's leading scouts was reportedly spotted at Stadio Luigi Ferraris during Napoli's last Serie A game at Genoa. Despite the disappointing goalless draw, Jorginho put in a solid display, as the away side dictated play and dominated possession.

Jorginho's agent Joao Santos confirmed that he is aware of Arsenal's interest in his client.

He told Radio Crc in Italy: "One of Arsenal's scouts was at the Marassi stadium to monitor Jorginho. This is true.

"I am not surprised by Arsenal's interest in my client, as he is playing on a very high level in a top European club like Napoli.

"At the moment, Jorginho is happy and is doing very well, but if he receives an important offer in January, especially from a big club like Arsenal, we will definitely consider it."

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Jorginho is not the only Napoli player who has been linked with a move to north London recently, with both Lorenzo Insigne and Gonzalo Higuain also being chased by the Premier League side.

However, the duo's excessive price and the resistance of Napoli's eccentric president Aurelio De Laurentiis has scuppered any potential deals so far.

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