Arsenal correspondent David Ornstein has revealed the reason why the Gunners pulled out of a deal to sign Chelsea midfielder Jorginho.
David Ornstein talked about Arsenal and Jorginho on the Ornstein & Chapman podcast.
The journalist previously worked for BBC Sports and currently writes Arsenal content and others for The Athletic.
According to him, Arsenal wanted to sign Jorginho as an alternative for Thomas Partey and that there was no need to pursue a transfer for the Italian international after the North Londoners decided to activate the release clause of Partey at Atletico Madrid.
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The Gunners paid the €50m release clause in the Atletico Madrid contract of Partey to make him the fourth most expensive signing in their history.
Only Nicholas Pepe, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and France national team striker Alexandre Lacazette cost Arsenal more money than Partey.
Thomas Partey will wear the number 18 jersey at Arsenal and he could make his debut for the team when the international break ends.
His first game in the Arsenal colours could be the away trip to Manchester City in the Premier League as scheduled for next week Saturday.
For Jorginho, he’ll stay at Chelsea on the back of his two goals in the last game. He scored two penalties as the Blues thrashed Crystal Palace 4-0 at home.