Napoli midfielder Jorginho is subject to interest from Arsenal and Real Madrid, but his future will not be discussed until the end of the current season, according to the player's agent. The Italian has been key to his club staging a bid to win the Serie A title, with three points separating them from leaders and defending champions Juventus with just nine games to go.
In 26 top flight appearances this season, Jorginho has made four assists. His solid performances have allowed the likes of Gonzalo Higuain, Lorenzo Insigne and Marek Hamsik to flourish in attack. The campaign has been a far cry from the problems that befell Rafael Benitez during his spell in southern Italy, with replacement Maurizio Sarri yielding the best from his team.
Such performances have seen both Arsenal and Real register an interest in signing the player, but his agent Joao Santos has attempted to ward off any speculation. While admitting that European giants are following his client, he confirms he remains focused on winning the title this season with silverware.
"Interest from Arsenal? It's true," Santos told Radio Kiss Kiss, according to Goal.com. "After the game against Palermo, compliments arrived from Real Madrid as well. Only compliments, nothing more. But it's pleasing to receive expressions of respect from one of the most prestigious clubs in the world. For the future, we'll wait for the end of the season. Jorginho wants to win the scudetto with Napoli, he's enthusiastic about these last nine finals. I want to reiterate that his priority is Napoli."
Though Mohamed Elneny joined Arsenal in the January transfer window, with Tomas Rosicky, Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini all out of contract in the summer Arsene Wenger could move to freshen up his options. Jack Wilshere has missed the whole season with a broken leg, while Santi Cazorla is also out with a knee problem.
The upcoming transfer window is not likely to be among Wenger's current concerns as he attempts to prevent Arsenal's season from falling apart totally. Exit from the FA Cup at the hands of Watford is expected to be followed by being knocked out of the Champions League by Barcelona. Former striker Ian Wright fears the worst for the Frenchman, and believes his imminent exit is inevitable.
"It hurts so much to even think it – but it feels like Arsene Wenger and Arsenal are heading for divorce," he said in The Sun. "Judging from the way the fans have reacted over the past week, that's the impression I get. I'm sure when that day arrives it will all be amicable and friendly, although it does leave a horrible feeling in the stomach right now."