Arsenal have switched their attentions to Chelsea’s Jorginho in their search for a new central midfielder
Sources have indicated that a deal for the Italy international to make the short trip across London was still at it’s early stages – however work towards the transfer has started with a clear feeling that an agreement is possible ahead of the transfer deadline.
Chelsea are open to selling Jorginho with the midfielder’s contract expiring this summer, while the potential arrival of Enzo Fernandez would push the former Napoli man further down the pecking order.
The news comes as Arsenal spent the day deliberating whether to make a third offer for Moises Caicedo amid fears they could damage their relationship with Brighton if they submit an improved bid.
Arsenal have a good relationship with Brighton, the club successfully signing Ben White from the Amex Stadium in deal worth £50million ahead of next season.
Indeed, there is an acknowledgement behind the scenes at the Emirates that – as much as they want Caicedo – they don’t want to disrespect the south-coast club.
Given the Seagulls have made abundantly clear they have no intention of selling the Ecudaor international, there is a recognition a further offer may strain relations with the south coast club.
As a result the Gunners have started analysing alternatives; with Chelsea midfielder Jorginho emerging as their preferred option. Leicester’s Youri Tielemans and Everton’s Amadou Onana among the players they have also explored.
They also held a tentative interest in Weston McKennie, who is joining Leeds.
Having failed with their original offer of £60million for Caicedo on Friday, the Gunners tabled a new bid worth £65m plus a further £5m in add ons on Sunday