Arsenal transfer surprise? Jorginho contract shock incoming

Arsenal’s summer transfer plans may take yet another dramatic shift, as the Gunners have offered Jorginho a new contract, with the Italian expected to sign on the dotted line in the coming weeks.

Jorginho playing against Bayern Munich
Jorginho is set to extend his stay in North London – Photo by Icon Sport

Transfer expert David Ornstein broke the news on Tuesday afternoon, citing not only the 32-year-old’s performances on the pitch, but his positive influence in the dressing room, particularly on younger players.

Why do Arsenal want to keep Jorginho?

The experienced midfielder has been a key member of Arteta’s squad this season, making 35 appearances, either starting or bringing calm and organisation from the bench to close out matches.

Jorginho is not as physical as many of his Arsenal colleagues, particularly frequent midfield partner Declan Rice, but the Italian international’s reading of the game, experience and passing technique make him a unique package in the Arsenal midfield.

Jorginho shares a great relationship with Declan Rice – Photo by Icon Sport

The former Chelsea man, who joined the Gunners for £12m in January 2023, allows Rice a freer role on the left of Arsenal’s midfield three, both in and out of possession. 

Jorginho has been a fixture in Arsenal’s biggest games, starting twice against Manchester City, Bayern Munich and Liverpool. The midfielder’s intelligence and communication skills allow Arteta to have almost another coach on the pitch.

The Champions League winner has been commended for his character and relationships with younger teammates, helping them in tough moments. He can often be seen talking young defender Jakub Kiwior through games.

How does this affect Arsenal’s transfer plans?

Most obviously, this affects Arsenal’s other ageing number six, Thomas Partey.

The Ghanaian has missed most of the season through injury, only starting six games. 

Thomas Partey' Arsenal future is put in jeopardy by Jorginho's new deal – Photo by Icon Sport

He will have just a year left on his deal, and with Arsenal heavily linked to the likes of Bruno Guimaraes and Martin Zubimendi, there likely won’t be room for the 30-year-old Black Star.

Despite returning to the starting side against Chelsea and Tottenham, the Gunners will likely look to find a buyer for Partey.

Intriguingly, Ornstein also reported that Arsenal’s sporting director, Edu, flew to Saudi Arabia to meet with top Pro League officials. With the Gulf state planning another big summer, they may have eyes on Arsenal’s number five.

William Evans is a football and politics fanatic. A first-class graduate of UEA's Broadcast and Digital Journalism MA course, he also achieved a first class degree in politics and media studies during his time at UEA.