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Arsenal prepared to spend big money on Napoli star next summer

Gunners said to be keen on a new playmaker with Mesut Ozil's future in doubt

How’s this for a stat?

Mesut Ozil has created the same number of chances in the Premier League as Kevin De Bruyne this season despite playing three games fewer..

The fact that he does not have the same number of assists says a lot about Arsenal’s finishing but also speaks volumes about the German playmaker’s true worth.

Which makes his potential departure a serious problem for the Gunners.

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Auf wiedersehen?

Arsene Wenger is reportedly planning for life after Ozil, who is out of contract at the end of the season, by targeting Napoli midfielder Jorginho.

TMW claims Arsenal are keen on recruiting the Brazilian-born Italian in the summer.

Though the Serie A club are likely to demand a huge transfer fee if they are willing to negotiate at all.

Arsenal are interested in Napoli star Jorginho

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25-year-old Jorginho has a contract with Napoli until 2020 and Maurizio Sarri is very keen on keeping his midfield anchor in Naples.

However, this will not deter Arsenal from pursuing a deal next summer, particularly if Ozil leaves for free.

Jorginho is enjoying his best season in Serie A to date and has played a key role in helping Napoli to the top of the table.

No player has completed more passes in Europe’s top five leagues.


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The playmaker has become a key man for Napoli

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Brazilian and Italian influence equals a decent player

Despite his impressive form, Jorginho has only played twice for Italy since he become available for selection — both friendlies during Antonio Conte’s tenure.

He could yet declare for Brazil, who are said to want him for their 2018 World Cup squad.

Napoli knocked back Chelsea’s £50m offer for Kalidou Koulibaly last summer and so are accustomed to rebuffing the advances of Premier League giants.

Jorginho could soon declare for the Brazilian national team

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The heart of Napoli’s stylish football

Is this another case of all talk, no action when it comes to Arsenal’s transfer activity?

Or will Jorginho be a north London resident in a few months’ time?