The agent of Napoli midfielder Jorginho has denied that he has held talks with Arsenal over a move to the Premier League.
Speaking to Radio CRC (quotes via the Gazzetta Dello Sport), Joao Santos said that the Italian international is happy to stay at the San Paolo stadium and improve on last season’s performances:
“Arsenal? No one has contacted me. Jorginho is fine in Naples, it is obvious that some managers have taken an interest in him, but my client has only Napoli in the sights for this year, and his goal is to do better than last year.”
When the interviewer persisted on the links to Arsenal, Santos said that a move would only happen if a club bids a high enough amount that satisfies Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis. Unlike a lot of players on the continent, Jorginho does not have a release clause in his contract, making a move far more complicated:
“The more time passes, the more difficult it is for the the player to move. There is no release clause in his contract. If there comes a club with so much money and De Laurentiis is interested in the figure offered, [he] will sell him.”
With questions persisting over Santi Cazorla’s future as his Achilles tendon injury continues to cause problems, a move for a midfield general who can dictate play will likely be a priority for manager Arsene Wenger this summer. The transfer for Jorginho would be difficult to pull off though, going by his agent’s latest comments.