Arsenal’s interest in South American star confirmed

Arsenal are interested in Napoli midfielder Jorginho, according to the player’s agent.

The 24-year-old was born in Brazil, but moved to Italy at a young age, where he started his playing career with Hellas Verona.

Jorginho was a key figure in the side’s rise into Serie A, and his performances at Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi attracted Napoli’s interest in January 2014.

He has since been a first-team regular in Naples, with his performances having led to to suggestions that his future may lay away from the San Paolo, and his agent, Joao Santos, has confirmed that Arsenal, as well as Real Madrid, are keen on the defensive midfielder:

“Interest from Arsenal? It’s true,” he told Radio Kiss (via the Daily Mail).

“After the game against Palermo, compliments arrived from Real Madrid as well.

“Only compliments, nothing more. But it’s pleasing to receive expressions of respect from one of the most prestigious clubs in the world.”

Although born in Brazil, Jorginho holds an Italian passport and is considered to be an outsider to break into Antonio Conte’s Azzurri squad ahead of European Championships this summer.

Arsenal are also thought to be interested in Sporting CP’s William Carvalho.