Arsenal have reached an agreement with Chelsea for the transfer of Jorginho to the Emirates. The 31-year-old Italian joined the London Blues in 2014 for a fee of £50m, but Arsenal will now pay Chelsea just £12m for the midfielder. This is also due to the fact that the Italian's current contract expires at the end of this season.
The player is currently undergoing a medical in London, and will sign an 18-month contract with Arsenal until the end of next season. Arsenal were constantly on the lookout for midfield reinforcements, and Brighton's back-to-back rejections of Moises Caicedo's booking saw Mikel Arteta turn his attention elsewhere.
Jorginho thus becomes the third approach for Arsenal this January market, as the "gunners" have also signed the Polish defender, Jakub Kiwior from Spezia, as well as the Belgian striker Leandro Trossard. Jorginho has scored 29 goals in 213 appearances with Chelsea, as he managed to win the UEFA Champions League, Europa League, UEFA Super Cup and the Club World Cup with the blues.
Considering the many approaches of Chelsea this market, it seems that coach Graham Potter has not found any more spaces for the Italian midfielder in the formation. With Jorginho's contract expiring in the summer, Chelsea have decided to take advantage of his card, avoiding the player's departure at zero cost.
Jorginho was born in Brazil, but at the age of 15 he emigrated to Italy, where he chose to represent the Italian national team in international competitions. The midfielder was a very important part of the Italians' triumph at Euro 2020 against England. However, the Italian will have to fight for a starting spot in Mikel Arteta's team, given the huge competition. Among the qualities that differentiate Jorginho from others is his experience in European competitions, a factor that is expected to be very valuable for Arsenal in the future.