Arsenal keen on surprise transfer deal for vice-captain of one of their biggest rivals

Arsenal are reportedly keen on a surprise transfer swoop for Chelsea midfielder Jorginho as they struggle to land their midfield targets.

The Gunners could do with making changes to their midfield after such a difficult campaign in 2019/20, in which they slumped to their lowest Premier League finish in 25 years.

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Jorginho could be a fine signing for Arsenal, and Sky Sports claim the north Londoners are keen on the Italy international as a deal for Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey looks challenging.

Sky Sports explain that Arsenal look close to allowing Lucas Torreira a move to Atletico and would ideally like a permanent sale that could help them fund a bid to trigger Partey’s release clause.

More likely, however, is that Torreira heads to the Spanish capital on an initial loan move, according to Sky Sports.

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Jorginho in action for Chelsea

Arsenal may then turn to Jorginho, the report states, despite the fact that the 28-year-old looks to be a key part of Frank Lampard’s plans so far this season.

Jorginho is Chelsea’s vice-captain and has worn the armband in the absence of Cesar Azpilicueta so far this term, so it seems unlikely that he’d be allowed to join a top four rival.

Arsenal fans will hope, however, that some solution in midfield can be found as soon as possible.

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