Arsenal consider move for Chelsea star Jorginho… with the Italian seen as an option to bolster the Gunners’ midfield if they decide not to pursue Moises Caicedo from Brighton
Arsenal have switched their attentions to Chelsea’s Jorginho in their search for a new central midfielder.
A deal is said to be a long way off, but work towards the transfer has started, with sources indicating it is possible ahead of the transfer deadline.
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 switched their attention to Chelsea’s Jorginho in their search for a new midfielder
Arsenal spent the day deciding whether to make another bid for Brighton’s Moises Caicedo
Gunners chiefs were deliberating whether to improve upon their latest offer of up to £70million on Monday.
Arsenal have a good relationship with Brighton, the club successfully signing Ben White from the Amex Stadium in a deal worth £50million ahead of the 2021-22 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.
Gunners chiefs fear another Caicedo offer could dent their relationship with the Seagulls
Given the Seagulls have made abundantly clear they have no intention of selling the Ecuador 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.
Prior to the new offer, Brighton were adamant they did not want to sell the Ecuadorian and their stance has not changed.
Nevertheless, the Gunners are pondering their next move and are in internal talks over an improved offer for the 21-year-old. The Gunners realise they have to move quickly, with the transfer window shutting on Tuesday.
Brighton are adamant Caicedo is not for sale, but sources have indicated that an offer of £80million may bring the Seagulls to the table.
If a third bid for Caicedo is rebuffed, then sources close to the deal have indicated that the Gunners will seriously consider moving onto other targets.
Mikel Arteta has made signing a new central midfielder a priority ahead of Tuesday’s deadline.
Boss Mikel Arteta (l) has made signing a central midfielder a priority before Tuesday’s deadline
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