Arsenal sign Jorginho from Chelsea for £12m
Arsenal have signed experienced Italian midfielder Jorginho from London rivals Chelsea on an 18-month contract, a club said on transfer deadline day.
The 31-year-old midfielder, who has made 143 Premier League appearances, joined the Premier League leaders for a reported £12m.
Since joining Chelsea, the Italian has been a fixture in their Premier League side and won the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup.
He started his career in the youth academy at Italian club Verona where he spent four seasons in the first-team, making 96 appearances before moving to Serie A side Napoli. There he won the Coppa Italia and Supercoppa Italiana in 2014 and made 160 appearances during his four seasons with the club.
“Jorginho is an established professional with a strong mentality who brings quality and experience into our squad,” Sporting Director Edu told Arsenal website.
“He is a player who fits our style of play, and he joins us at a very good moment where he can contribute in a key position to help maintain our momentum. We welcome him to Arsenal.”
Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta noted that, “Jorginho is a midfield player with intelligence, deep leadership skills and a huge amount of Premier League and international experience. Jorginho has won in his career, but he 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.”
The Italian international will wear the number 20 shirt.
We’ve shared some great times, Jorgi.
Wishing you the best for the future! 💙
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