Hellas Verona have refused to comment on increasing speculation that star midfielder Jorginho could make the move to Arsenal in January after a string of impressive performances for the newly promoted Serie A side.
The 21-year-old was an integral figure as Verona secured promotion to the top flight and has continued his excellent form this season, grabbing a brace at the weekend to help the club secure a 3-2 victory over Parma that saw them climb to fourth in the table.
Jorginho's excellent displays have brought him to the attention of a number of European clubs, and he revealed he was aware of scouts from Chelsea and Arsenal attending Verona games in recent weeks.
"In the match against Parma there were scouts from teams like Arsenal and Chelsea," said Jorginho, as quoted in the Express. "Maybe if I keep playing well I can show exactly what I'm worth."
Arsenal are believed to be keen to make an offer for the Italy Under-21 international in January but Verona's sporting director Sean Sogliano told Radio Blu that he is unwilling to discuss a potential exit.
He explained: "It's nice that you speak well about our players, but it's not the time to talk about the market."
However, the manager of the Italian side is fully aware of how difficult it will be to keep hold of the exciting young midfielder.
"I know, only too well, that it will be hard to keep the likes of Jorginho," manager Andrea Mandorlini told Radio Anch'io Lo. "But behind them we are already allowing others to grow and mature.
"We are making use of those youngsters who are given little space but who will have an important future for this club."
Should Arsenal continue to be impressed with his performances through to January then they may well consider a bid when the transfer window opens in the new year.
While Verona would be keen to keep their brightest talent at the club it may well be difficult as Jorginho would have a chance to compete for trophies, and play in the Champions League, with Arsenal.