In Breaking Chelsea Transfer News, Jorginho joins Arsenal for 12 million, Enzo Fernandez set for medical in Portugal as Benfica agree on a world record fee.
Jorginho is a Red!
Arsenal have signed Italy midfielder Jorginho from Chelsea in a £12m deal.
The 31-year-old, who joined Chelsea from Napoli in 2018, was in the last six months of his Blues’ contract.
He passed a medical on Tuesday and signed an 18-month contract with the option of a further year.
“Jorginho is a midfield player who has intelligence, deep leadership skills and a huge amount of Premier League and international experience,” said Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta.
“He has won in his career, but still has the hunger and huge willingness to contribute here.
“We are so pleased to sign Jorginho and welcome him and his family to the club.”
Jorginho said he was a “bit surprised” at the move, which he called an “amazing challenge”.
Speaking to the Arsenal website, he said playing for Arteta was a “big influence” in his decision and added: “I know he tried a few times to get me before and it didn’t happen due to other reasons, not because of my wishes.
“I just can’t wait to be on the pitch to be honest. Everything has happened so fast.
“It’s an important shirt. It’s an amazing club, a big one, and I’m really excited and happy to be here.
The Gunners turned their attentions to Jorginho after having two bids rejected by Brighton for Ecuador midfielder Moises Caicedo.
Brighton said Caicedo was not for sale and he looks to set to remain at the club after the 11pm deadline.
Breaking Chelsea Transfer News: Enzo Fernandez joins Chelsea on a World Record fee
After his transfer from Benfica seemed destined to collapse earlier on deadline day, Enzo Fernandez is set to undergo his Chelsea medical in Lisbon after agreeing a world record fee.
Earlier on Tuesday a British record transfer to Stamford Bridge had stalled over the structure of payments of a mammoth fee that could surpass Fernandez’s £106 million ($130m) release clause, but discussions were more positive in the afternoon and the deal was resurrected.
According to various reports, there is now optimism the transfer will be completed ahead of the 11pm deadline, and Benfica have granted permission for Fernandez to undergo a medical in the Portuguese capital once everything has been signed off.
Per Fabrizio Romano, Benfica club president Rui Costa will have the final say over whether the transfer to Chelsea is given the green light.
The Blues face Fulham on Friday in a west London derby and will hope to have Fernandez in the squad at Stamford Bridge.
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