We here in the Football Transfer Tavern have been rather impressed with Everton’s activity in the transfer maket having already signed highly rated Barcelona youngster Gerard Deulofeu on loan while landing three former Wigan Athletic players.
Now Gary Jones from the Daily Star has arrived at the bar to tell punters that Everton are facing a transfer battle with Serie A side Fiorentina to sign Hellas Verona star Jorginho.
The talented 21-year-old has been targeted by new Toffees manager Roberto Martinez after the youngster impressed for the side who were recently promoted back to Serie A.
An offer of around £7.8 million was understood to be on the table for the Brazilian-born starlet from Goodison Park but according to reports from Italy the Viola are now considering a move to secure Jorginho putting a spanner in the works.
Liverpool were also thought to have some interest in the wonderkid who is contracted until 2016 with the Mastinis after he played a major part in helping Verona return to Serie A last season.
The attacking midfielder has already won recognition at international level for his fine club form having collected his first cap for Italy Under-21’s and he would certainly add some extra quality and creativity to Roberto Martinez’s midfield.
Toffees supporters in the bar are just hoping that Jorginho doesn’t end up being a direct replacement for Belgian ace Marouane Fellaini who has been linked with a move to rejoin David Moyes at Manchester United today.