Arsenal’s dressing room reaction to signing Jorginho from rivals Chelsea speaks volumes – Blessing Sports News
Arsenal signed experienced Chelsea midfielder Jorginho for £12m on the last day of the January transfer window after losing Brighton star Moises Caicedo
Arsenal are about to announce the signing of Jorginho, and while some fans are unsure, there is a feeling of excitement among the squad.
Chelsea midfielder Jorginho visited Arsenal’s London Colney training ground on Tuesday afternoon to complete a medical and sign a contract with the club until June 2024 with the option of a further year. The 31-year-old midfielder will cost Arsenal an initial £10 million, with an additional £2 million in add-ons.
The decision to sign Jorginho comes after Arsenal failed to convince Brighton to part ways with star player Moises Caicedo. The Gunners made two bids for the Ecuador international, with the second valued at a total of £70 million, but were both flatly rejected by Brighton.
Caicedo, who is also being chased by Chelsea, has insisted he wants to leave The Seagulls for Arsenal, but the club have made it clear they will not budge. Arsenal therefore changed tack to target Jorginho and made him their third signing of the January transfer window, after Leandro Trossard and Jakub Kiwior.
It appears the move has dropped dramatically among some Arsenal fans, with #EduOut trending on Twitter on Tuesday morning. A minority of supporters are angry that Arsenal’s sporting director failed to hit his number one target and instead opted for short-term contracts for players from direct rivals.
That’s not the feeling inside the Arsenal dressing room. The Athletic say that news of Jorginho’s imminent arrival has been met with ‘considerable joy from both players and staff’, who are pleased to see an experienced player with trophies on his CV arrive.
Jorginho has won the Champions League and Europa League since joining Chelsea in a £50 million deal from Napoli in July 2018. He was also instrumental in helping Italy win Euro 2020 with a win over England on penalties at Wembley.
Arsenal need reinforcements in midfield after Thomas Partey injured a rib in the 1-0 loss to Manchester City last Friday and Mohamed Elneny’s knee injury has been confirmed to be serious.
Jorginho’s arrival could trigger Albert Sambi Lokonga’s departure on loan to Crystal Palace until the end of the season.
Jorginho is scheduled to become a free agent on July 1 when his contract at Chelsea expires. The move is therefore a win-win for all parties, with the Blues happy to forge a sizable transfer fee for a player set to leave for free this summer.
Chelsea have been busy trying to seal a deal for Benfica midfielder Enzo Fernandez on deadline day. The 21-year-old Argentina international could arrive at Stamford Bridge after Chelsea made a £115 million bid for Benfica – a fee that would represent a Premier League record.