Jorginho has snubbed the interest from Premier League club Liverpool FC to join Serie A high flyers Napoli.
The Italy Under-21 international has risen through the ranks from a youth prospect at Verona and the club wished him all the best after the confirmation of his move to Naples.
“Napoli has made official the purchase of Jorginho,” the club said in a statement. “The midfielder has signed until 2018 and will take the number eight jersey.”
“He … is a quality young player which means he can help the team today but also be a player for the future,” Napoli coach Rafael Benitez told a news conference on the eve of Sunday’s trip to Bologna.
The midfielder, 22, had started 18 out of the newly promoted side’s 19 Serie A matches so far this season and his impressive form saw him linked to the Partenopei in the winter window.
He told the club’s official website: “I’m happy to wear the shirt of Napoli. They are a big team with a great crowd. It will be great to play at the San Paolo and I cannot wait to start my adventure in blue.”
The San Paolo side’s president Aurelio De Laurentiis confirmed the deal had been completed following his medical on Saturday and suggested his arrival will boost Rafa Benitez’s men.
“Welcome Jorginho!” the Napoli chief wrote on Twitter. “Your freshness will be useful to Rafa and the whole squad.”
Napoli are third, 10 points behind champions and leaders Juventus who host Sampdoria later on Saturday (1945 GMT).
Roma Set to Complete Ramirez Signing?
In another transfer story coming out of Italy, La Gazzetta dello Sport has reported today that AS Roma have agreed to sign Gaston Ramirez from Southampton, though he’d be loaned to Bologna first. Roma cannot welcome another non-EU player into their ranks this season due to the Serie A limitations, so he’d have to be sent out on loan first.
Bologna would be willing to bring Ramirez back for six months, as he only left the Stadio Dall’Ara for Southampton in August 2012 for £13.3m (€15.2m).
Capital side Director Walter Sabatini has been in England recently and the Italian sports paper suggests he met with Saints directors yesterday.
“Gaston certainly wants to come back to Italy,” agent Pablo Betancourt almost confirmed the news.
“There are two Italian clus who want him, but the lad also has offers from abroad, as Roberto Mancini’s Galatasaray and Crystal Palace are interested.
“Gaston was very close to Nicola Cortese, so his resignation as director only increased the desire to move elsewhere, hopefully in Italy.”
It is reported the Giallorossi agreed to take Uruguayan midfielder Ramirez in exchange for one of the payment installments still owed for the £13.2m Dani Osvaldo transfer.