Barcelona, the horrible Catalan giants, want to buy Napoli’s Jorginho, report Spanish outlet SPORT.
The Italy international is enjoying a phenomenal individual season, starring in a deep-lying playmaker role which maximised his ability to control possession and instigate attacks.
It’s these traits which have put Jorginho on Liverpool’s radar, with Jordan Henderson the only no.6 option we have with Emre Can injured and departing in the summer.
The Manchester Evening News suggests the 26-year-old is closer to Premier League champions City though, so our chances of securing his services look increasingly slim.
It’s a crying shame, as Jorginho could flourish under Jurgen Klopp’s guidance, but we cannot expect to beat Barcelona (like we did with Naby Keita) and City (as we did with Virgil van Dijk) in the transfer market every time.
Instead, an alternative deep-lying midfielder must be purchased. We require someone with enough positional nous to stop opposition attacks and shield the back four, but also with the passing ability and quickness to link defence and attack.