Chelsea will not allow Jorginho to move to Arsenal today because they do not want to strengthen a direct rival for Champions League qualification, according to reports. The Gunners have looked at the midfielder as an alternative to Thomas Partey and Houssem Aouar.
The Gunners have had Atletico Madrid holder Partey and Lyon creator Aouar at the top of their wishlist as they seek to strengthen the spine of their side.
But they have proved unattainable at £45million and £55m respectively and Arsenal have had to move on to alternative targets.
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It had been claimed that Mikel Arteta was desperate to secure a loan deal for Jorginho, whose long-term future at Stamford Bridge is unclear given Frank Lampard’s interest in West Ham midfielder Declan Rice.
However, Jorginho has started three or their four Premier League matches so far this season and boasts three goals – all from the penalty spot – and an assist.
The Brazil-born Italy international scored a brace of spot-kicks in the 4-0 defeat of Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon.
And The Athletic say that Arsenal’s interest in the former Napoli ace, who acts as a deep-lying playmaker, is not expected to amount to much.
Chelsea are unwilling to allow Jorginho to move across London to their rivals, particularly with £80m-rated Rice set to stay at West Ham for another season.
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Jorginho has racked 102 appearances for Chelsea since following Maurizio Sarri from Naples in the summer of 2018 for around £57m.
The 28-year-old has scored 12 goals in that time, in addition to laying on three assists, and helped Chelsea to beat Arsenal in the 2019 Europa League final.
But it appears Arsenal will instead have to go without bringing in a new No 6, with no alternatives currently on the radar.
That is despite the north Londoners agreeing to let Lucas Torreira join Atletico Madrid on loan with Matteo Guendouzi also potentially headed out of the Emirates exit door with a loan move to Hertha Berlin.
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Speaking after the Gunners’ Premier League win over Sheffield United at the weekend, Arteta said: “I am confident we know exactly what we want to do, that we are all trying our best to finalise the deals that we want.
“Whether that is sending people on loan or bringing someone in, we have complete connection between myself, Edu, the board and the ownership, Let’s see what happens in the next 36 hours.
“I don’t know [if there will be another signing]. What I can guarantee is that we are doing our maximum for that to happen, whether we will achieve it I don’t know.
“I cannot discuss the players that we want but we recognise certain positions that we believe we are short.
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“First of all in numbers and then adding different qualities to compliment each other and this is what we are trying to do.
“Believe me, believe me, the ownership, the board, Edu and myself are doing everything we can to maximise the resources we have to improve the team and sustain and keep the players that are in this club and make this club successful.
“I have 100 per cent backing from them and it’s not just words, it’s reality. Whoever knows me, if it wasn’t like that I wouldn’t say that. But I say it because I feel it.
“Whatever we can do, whether it’s ourselves or the owner, they are willing to do it to support us, to back us because I feel that they believe in what we’re trying to do.”
Asked about the futures of Guendouzi and Torreira, he added: “I cannot comment unfortunately right now, the last things are going on behind the scenes but at the moment there is nothing definite.”
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