Young wide-man on Goodison Park radar.
Everton are leading the chase for in-demand Hellas Verona star Jorginho, according to the Daily Star.
Manager Roberto Martinez, looking to stamp his authority on the current Everton squad, has identified the talented young Brazilian-born midfielder as a great way to add some much needed creativity into their midfield. League rivals Liverpool are also keen on the player, but it’s Everton who have made the first move to sign him.
SportItalia claim that Everton have made a bid of £7.7million for Jorginho, which includes a 20% sell-on clause for Hellas Verona should Everton sell Jorginho in the future. Under contract at the Italian club until 2016, its thought Everton may have to up their offer if they wish to sign their man. Liverpool have also been tracking the 21-year old, but are yet to make an offer.
Born in Brazil, Jorginho has appeared for Italy at youth level, and is able to play for either nation. The deep-lying midfielder is seen as the long-term successor to Marouane Fellaini at Everton, who looks set to leave the club either this summer or next summer; however, his £22million release clause, has recently expired this summer.
Impressing in Serie B last season for Verona, making 41 appearances for the club, Jorginho has attracted large European interest, as the club contemplate cashing in on their star man. Everton and Liverpool may have to go about the £7.7million already on the table from the Toffee’s as the Merseyside clubs look to do battle over one of the rising young stars of European football.