Jorginho has confirmed that his representatives discussed the idea of the Chelsea midfielder moving to Arsenal in the recent transfer window.
Reports in the final weeks of the extended summer market claimed that the Gunners were keen to sign the 28-year-old. Indeed Arsenal were looking for a top midfield reinforcement, with Houssem Aouar a strong target.
However, Mikel Arteta’s side soon cooled their interest and instead opted to trigger Thomas Partey‘s release clause.
As such, Jorginho stayed at Stamford Bridge, something which he claims he “always wanted to do”.
“I believe that every player is open to negotiations,” the Italian told ESPN Brazil. “So I believe there was something they talked about.
“And in the end it was decided, chosen that I stay here. And now my head is here and we’re going to do a great job with Chelsea, which I always wanted to do.”
Jorginho’s decision to remain at Chelsea meant he could welcome on board the flurry of new signings. The Blues made six major acquisitions in total, spending over £200million.
Indeed, Timo Werner has already found his feet while his fellow German Kai Havertz has also made an immediate impact.
Behind the pair, experienced defender Thiago Silva has slotted seamlessly into Frank Lampard‘s plans.
Chelsea’s signings progressing nicely
“They made a big market,” Jorginho said of his side’s recent business. “The players who arrived have great potential and can certainly help this club a lot.
“They’re already doing and will do much more. When there’s this high competition among the players, it turns out that the level of the team goes up, and when the level of the team goes up, the team ends up becoming better and even more competitive to reach the top.
“So I believe that the arrival of these great players only brings good things and will certainly help the group and the club.”