Arsenal are re-thinking their midfield targets after failing to agree a deal to sign Lyon’s Hawsom Hour, with a loan move for Chelsea’s Jorginho further down the list.
Mikel Arteta had made the Frenchman his number this window, but notoriously difficult negotiator Leon grew weary of the Gunners’ offers and pulled the plug on any sale.
After setting a series of deadlines for Arsenal to complete the transfer, the latest of which expired on Saturday, Lyon reported to various French news outlets that they had approached interested parties. has cut short all negotiations with and that Avar will remain. The player also told teammates that he would not be going anywhere.
With time running out before Monday’s October 5 deadline, ESPN now claim Chelsea’s Italian midfielder has moved to the top of Arsenal’s wish list.
The outlet even suggests that Arteta is ‘keen’ to sign Jorginho on loan before the window closes, which would extend links between the clubs with Arsenal having previously linked David Luiz and Willian. were brought to the north of the capital. 12 months.
Before his move to Stamford Bridge, Jorginho was being heavily tracked by Manchester City, who were the frontrunners to secure his signature from Napoli. Arteta was part of Pep Guardiola’s coaching staff when his interest peaked.
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Jorginho, 28, eventually opted to move to west London, where he has since made more than 100 appearances and scored 12 goals. So far this Premier League season, he has already netted three – all from the penalty spot.
Frank Lampard is not too keen on allowing the midfielder to leave without a replacement, although the Blues understand they need to reduce their numbers in some departments.
90 Minutes understands Lampard has asked the club’s hierarchy to pay ‘whatever it takes’ to land long-term target Declan Rice, a player who fits the bill as a replacement for Jorginho. will
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