On the latest episode on his YouTube channel, Charles Watts has been discussing the reports linking Jorginho with a move to North London.
It was claimed last week by Sky Sports that Mikel Arteta’s side is interested in the Chelsea midfielder and that he has been added to their transfer shortlist along with Thomas Partey and Houssem Aouar.
Jorginho arrived in the Premier League in July 2018 from Napoli in a deal reportedly worth £51.3m (as per Transfermarkt). Since then, he has played 70 times in the top flight, scoring seven goals and providing his teammates with three assists.
On the aforementioned reports, here is what Watts had to say:
“The people I’ve spoken to at Chelsea aren’t too sure about this. They spent a lot of money to get Jorginho in, they’re not going to let him go for cheap.
“I’m not too sure either, I’m not convinced. You look at [Thomas] Partey, you can see he absolutely improves Arsenal. He gives them a lot that they don’t already have in midfield, you look at Jorginho, you think, ‘Very similar to [Granit] Xhaka’.
“I think you need more dynamism in there. I don’t think Jorginho does that.”
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Having been strongly linked with Thomas Partey and Houssem Aouar as midfield options, it would probably be fair to say that the links to the £46.8m-rated midfielder have come somewhat out of the blue.
During the 2019/20 campaign, the Italy international made 31 appearances, contributing four goals and two assists (as per WhoScored).
His average performance rating was a solid 6.85/10, suggesting he is capable of performing to a strong standard consistently over the course of a season.
The 28-year-old has made two appearances in the Premier League so far this season, scoring and providing an assist during the game at Brighton.
It is also worth noting that he was named captain in that fixture as well as for the club’s recent defeat versus Liverpool – which suggests that he remains very much a part of Frank Lampard’s plans.