Arsenal are reportedly interested Chelsea midfielder Jorginho, as Lucas Torreira edges closer to the Emirates exit door.
As Mikel Arteta continues his overhaul of the north London club, central midfield has emerged as a position that the Spaniard is looking to strengthen, Arsenal having been strongly linked with moves for Thomas Partey and Houssem Aouar in recent weeks.
Atletico Madrid are refusing to do business over Partey – any potential suitors being directed to his £45m release clause – while Lyon are thought to be asking for £53 million for Aouar.
According to Sky Sports though, Chelsea’s Jorginho has also emerged as a potential target for Gunners boss Arteta, the Italian midfielder having been targeted by Man City before his switch to Stamford Bridge while Arteta was Pep Guardiola’s number two.
Despite Chelsea fans being critical of Jorginho during his first season at the club under Maurizio Sarri, the 28-year-old has turned around the opinions of his doubters and remains an integral part of Frank Lampard’s side, and it would seem unlikely that the Brazilian born midfielder would be allowed to follow the likes of David Luiz and Willian in swapping Stamford Bridge for the Emirates.
Currently, Arsenal needs to move a number of players on in order to fund moves for additional signings, Uruguayan midfielder Lucas Torreira thought to be surplus to requirements.
The 24-year-old has recently been linked with a move to Serie A side, Torino, though Atletico Madrid have since emerged as frontrunners for his signature, the Sky Sports report suggesting a move to the Wanda Metropolitano is ‘near’.
Atletico are keen to loan the midfielder with an option to buy, though Arsenal are keen to see him leave on a permanent deal, though the report suggests that a compromise could be reached if a loan offer came with an obligation to buy.
A number of other players have been linked with leaving Arsenal this summer as the club looks to balance the books, with the likes of Shkodran Mustafi, Sokratis, and Sead Kolasinac all having been tipped as potential departures.