In Focus: Arsenal eye summer move for £19.8m-rated Serie A star

According to Tuttomercato, Arsenal will reignite their interest in Napoli midfielder Jorginho at the end of the 2017-18 campaign.

What’s the story?

Arsenal were strongly linked with a move for Jorginho during the recent summer transfer window, but Napoli refused to sell to the Gunners.

The 25-year-old has been key to Napoli’s impressive start to the 2017-18 campaign – scoring once and providing one assist in eight Serie A appearances.

According to Tuttomercato, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger would like to bring Jorginho to the Emirates Stadium in January, but the Frenchman accepts that it will be almost impossible to secure a deal at the mid-point of the season.

As a result, Wenger is prepared to wait until next summer, and is confident that Jorginho’s head will be turned by the chance to play Premier League football.

Do Arsenal really need him?

There is no doubting that Jorginho is a fine footballer, but whether he is exactly what Arsenal need at this present moment is a different matter entirely.

The Gunners are not exactly short of technical midfielders, and while Jorginho is at the right age to develop, he is similar to a number of players currently at the club.

What Arsenal need is a big and tough central midfielder, who is not afraid to stick his foot in, and has the engine to drive the London club up the field.

Jorginho, who is valued at £19.8m by transfermarkt.co.uk, would bring a number of qualities to the Emirates Stadium, but he is not exactly a player that contributes heavily in terms of goals and assists. Indeed, the Brazilian-born attacker has managed just four goals in almost 130 Napoli appearances.

The move would make sense if Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere both left next summer, but as it stands, there are better fits for Arsenal in the European game.

 


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