Jorginho Comments on Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea Transfer Rumours

Matt CheethamCorrespondent IOctober 23, 2013

VERONA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 29:  Jorge Luiz Filho Frello Jorginho of Hellas Verona FC celebrates his goal during the Serie A match between Hellas Verona FC and AS Livorno Calcio at Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi on September 29, 2013 in Verona, Italy.  (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)
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Jorginho aims to remain at Verona this season amid speculation of interest from Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea, according to Nick Lustig in the Daily Star.

The Brazilian-born midfielder, who intends to represent Italy at international level, spoke to Gazzetta dello Sportas Lustig records:

Staying here for another season would only do me good. I feel at home here and there is great enthusiasm in this place.

In the match against Parma there were scouts from teams like Arsenal and Chelsea. Maybe, if I continue to play well, I can see exactly what I am worth.

These words will comfort Verona fans, but they are unlikely to prevent rumours intensifying come January, especially given Jorginho's impressive recent performances.

The 21-year-old has been one of the catalysts in his side's surprise early-season form, which sees the newly promoted outfit currently occupying fourth place in Serie A, having beaten AC Milan among others.

As WhoScored charts, Jorginho has already registered five goals in eight games from midfield this season, assisting another, and has created more chances (12) than any of his teammates.

He averages almost 20 passes per game more than any Verona player, underlining his influence on his side, while he's also made the third-most defensive actions, according to Squawka.

Andrea Mandorlini's side play a 4-3-3, and Jorginho is ideally suited to a three-man midfield, making the specific links with Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea especially understandable. 

He boasts flawless technique and, as the statistics reveal, dictates his side's tempo while also linking up in attack.

Off the ball he's aided by his positional nous and excellent ability to read the game, regularly winning possession back via an interception. He's also effective pressing his opposite man and did well to contain Andrea Pirlo during the narrow loss at Juventus.

Lustig claims Arsenal held initial discussions with the youngster last week, but these comments will presumably dampen hope of landing their man.

It's thought a bid of at least £10 million would be needed to prise the youngster away from Verona, which will only inflate further if he maintains this current form.