- Liverpool to target Napoli’s Jorginho in summer, claims Times journalist Paul Joyce
- Jurgen Klopp keen to add defensive midfielder to his ranks
- Reds will also pursue a replacement for Philippe Coutinho
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Liverpool are reportedly set to prioritise Napoli’s Jorginho this summer as Jurgen Klopp strives to add defensive steel to his midfield.
The 26-year-old boasts a place at the top of the Reds’ transfer wishlist, with the club having seemingly identified its targets early ahead of the shortened window.
Jorginho, alongside Roma goalkeeper Alisson and a replacement for Philippe Coutinho, is being eyed up as Liverpool’s first choice no.6 acquisition, reports the Times’ ever-reliable Paul Joyce.
The Brazilian-born Italian international has emerged as one of Europe’s in-demand commodities having helped Napoli surge to the top of the Serie A table this season.
He has served as a solid and multi-faceted foundation behind a star-studded attacking cohort and marks the type of asset capable of thriving in Liverpool’s current system.
Interest in Jorginho raises more questions than it answers in terms of reigniting discussion surrounding the future of Emre Can.
The German midfielder is still yet to sign a new deal on Merseyside and could be snapped up by Juventus on a free transfer at the end of the season.
Though the club is actively working to tie Can down, there have been no signs of progression in negotiations that have stalled for the past year.
Having been experimented with as an attacking no.8 at times early on in Klopp’s reign, Can has since asserted himself as an effective holding midfielder with a licence to break forward where necessary.
Inspired displays as Liverpool’s main midfield figure have also handed captain Jordan Henderson a tough task holding down a starting spot, although his bid to do so hasn’t been helped by recurring injury setbacks.
With Naby Keita set to inject another box-to-box approach upon his arrival, the addition of a complimentary orthodox defensive midfielder would be a certain boost to the club’s Premier League and European ambitions.