Arsenal move for Jorginho would surely throw doubt over Granit Xhaka’s future

According to reports in The Mirror, Arsenal are keen to sign Napoli midfielder Jorginho this summer, but their Premier League rivals Liverpool believe they are in pole position to complete a deal for the £50m-rated star.

What’s the word, then?

Jorginho in action with Napoli

Well, The Mirror says that the Gunners, along with Manchester United, are taking a look at the Italy international, but the Brazilian-born star would be more likely to join Liverpool than their two top flight rivals if the Reds are looking for a replacement for Emre Can, whose contract expires this summer.

The fact that the north London outfit are set to miss out on Champions League football for the second season running unless they win the Europa League is one of the main reasons, while the success of Brazilian players like Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino at Anfield – as well as Jurgen Klopp’s expansive style of play – means to a move to Anfield would appeal to the 26-year-old more than joining Arsenal, according to The Mirror.

How has Jorginho done this season?

He has been a key player for Napoli in the middle of the park in their bid to win the Serie A title, scoring four goals and providing a further four assists in 32 appearances in all competitions even though he has predominantly played in a defensive midfield position.

According to WhoScored.com, his main strengths are his passing, tackling and his ability to make interceptions.

The 26-year-old has a passing accuracy of 89.1% across 29 outings in the Italian top flight and in European competition, while he has made 45 key passes as well as winning 56 tackles and making 47 interceptions.

Would he be a good signing for Arsenal?

It’s difficult to say.

While he has been brilliant for Napoli it’s unclear whether he is the type of midfielder that the Gunners need considering he appears to be quite similar to the likes of Granit Xhaka, who continues to receieve criticism from his own supporters, and Jack Wilshere, and they would perhaps be better off with a more physical player in the middle of the pitch to protect the back four.

Will they sign him?

It seems that Liverpool are in pole position to get him should Emre Can leave, but if the north London outfit do end up getting the 26-year-old it would surely have big implications for Xhaka’s future at the Emirates Stadium.