Arsenal have been very active in the January transfer window, as they look to continue their title charge with more strength in depth.
Following the signings of Leandro Trossard from Brighton and Jakub Kiwior from Spezia, players who strengthen two positions in which Mikel Arteta needed more options, the Gunners are now looking for a new central midfielder, given the huge drop-off between their starting trio of Thomas Partey, Granit Xhaka and Martin Odegaard, and then their bench options.
With a move for Moises Caicedo now seemingly off, as Brighton do not want the Ecuadorian to leave the club in January, despite his insistence for a transfer, Arsenal are now looking at other transfer targets.
One such option is Jorginho, who has six months left on his contract at Chelsea.
The Italian midfielder is reportedly close to joining Arsenal, yet a move depends on Conor Gallagher's future at Chelsea, with the Blues not wanting to lose two players in an area where they are already very light.
Gallagher has been linked with moves away to Everton and Newcastle United, but a move for the former is reportedly off. Chelsea as a result want to sell Jorginho instead of Gallagher, given the Italian is set to leave on a free transfer in June, hence they would be keen to get some sort of transfer fee from Arsenal now.
Jorginho would be a relatively good signing for Arteta's side, given their shift towards more possession-based football this season, and would be a very good rotational option with Partey or Xhaka, either as a holding midfielder, or else as a deep-lying playmaker.
Arteta is reportedly a fan of Jorginho, and is appreciative of his abilities, which is why he is a concrete name in the final few hours of the window. However, as previously mentioned, Chelsea want a significant fee to allow him to leave so late in the month.
The Chelsea man has played in 25 games in all competitions this season, being one of the few mainstays in what has been an inconsistent team.