The 31st of January, Reuters Leading Premier League club Arsenal said on Tuesday that it has signed veteran Italian midfielder Jorginho from London rival Chelsea to an 18-month contract.
British media sites reported that the transaction was for 12 million pounds ($14.78 million), even though the transfer’s financial details were kept confidential.
The head coach of Arsenal, Mikel Arteta, characterised Jorginho as a midfielder with a lot of Premier League and international experience, intelligence, and good leadership characteristics.
“Jorginho has had success in his line of work, yet he still feels compelled to assist in this circumstance.
Arsenal, who are five points ahead of Manchester City in the race for the title, needed additions in the midfield with Mohamed Elneny out with a knee injury that required surgery and would keep him out for “an prolonged period of time.”
When defending their title, Arsenal will benefit greatly from the experience of Jorginho, a Brazilian-born player who has won the Champions League with Chelsea and the 2020 European Championship with Italy.
With 25 appearances in all competitions this season, the 31-year-old has been a key player for Chelsea.
Since moving to Chelsea in July 2018 from Serie A side Napoli, Jorginho has made more than 200 appearances. Additionally, he has captured two League Cups, three FA Cups, and the Europa League throughout that period.
He spent four and a half years at Napoli, where he had a standout 2017–18 season and was essential to their title defence even though they finished in second place.
Arsenal made a last-minute offer for Jorginho as it seems that Brighton & Hove Albion turned down two offers for Ecuadorian midfielder Moises Caicedo.
In order to preserve their top-flight survival, 19th-placed Everton signed Sean Dyche as manager on Monday. On Saturday, Everton and Arsenal will square off in their first league game of the year.