Arsenal have long been linked with Thomas Partey and Houssem Aouar, but on Thursday, a new name was mentioned as a reported Gunners target – Jorginho.
According to Sky Sports, Arsenal remain in discussions over Partey, with out-of-favour Gunners midfielder Lucas Torreira said to be a target for Atletico Madrid.
However, Chelsea midfielder Jorginho is believed to be on Arsenal’s list of possible alternatives in case they fail to get the Partey deal over the line.
Gunners boss Mikel Arteta was assistant to Pep Guardiola when Manchester City reportedly came close to signing Jorginho from Napoli in 2018.
The Italy international has clocked up 100 competitive Chelsea appearances, and has captained the side in both of their Premier League games so far this season.
Arsenal icon Paul Merson has previously spoken very highly of Jorginho, telling Sky Sports – via Metro – in September last year after a 2-0 win over Brighton: “I thought Jorginho was absolutely outstanding.
“What’s helping him is he’s got legs around him. He’s got [Mason] Mount, Willian, [Ross] Barkley, and he just gives them the ball, he can spray it around the pitch. He is probably one of the best penalty takers in the league in my opinion, too.”
Jorginho is a quality player who has done well for Chelsea over the past two years and would no doubt be a solid addition to Arsenal’s line-up.
However, is it a realistic signing? Why would Frank Lampard look to sell a player he’s made captain in the last two league games to a top-four rival, not to mention a London rival?
The £110,000-a-week ace did have a spell out of the starting XI after English football resumed but he’s since won his place back, so it would be surprising if this speculation led to something more concrete.