Liverpool set to beat Arsenal and Manchester United in race to sign £50m midfield pass master





Jurgen Klopp may be about to strike a critical blow to the summer transfer plans of Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho by landing Napoli midfielder Jorginho. The Brazil-born Italian is widely regarded as one of the most prolific passers in Europe and sets the tempo in possession for Maurizio Sarri's title-chasing team in Serie A. All three of his Premier League suitors are desperate for a player of his ilk. Liverpool lack a true holding midfielder, and have come to rely on Jordan Henderson to fill that gap. Meanwhile, Manchester United will no longer be able to fall back on playing the venerable Michael Carrick once the summer is over with the 36-year-old having already announced that he will be retire at the end of the season. It is unclear as to whether Wenger will be in charge at the Emirates next year but Jorginho would be an excellent option to free up Granit Xhaka in a more assertive role, with the Napoli ball hog excellent in a deeper role for the Serie A leaders. However, Liverpool are reportedly confident that they will get their man as a replacement to Emre Can, who is expected to leave Anfield this summer. According to the Mirror, the Italy international could cost as much as £50million to sign from Napoli, and the Reds are expected to be in the strongest position at the negotiating table. The Gunners have been linked without other options in the middle of the park, especially with Jack Wilshere's future hanging in the balance. He is looking to sign a new deal but is still to agree terms with the club with wages said to be a sticking point for the two parties.

Santi Cazorla continues to struggle to return to the professional game after suffering a serious muscle issue that has left him on the sidelines and in need of multiple operations for months. Aaron Ramey's status as a first team player at the Emirates is my no means settled either with the Welshman said to be weighing up his options as he nears the end of his contract.

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