Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has reportedly vetoed midfielder Jorginho moving to the Super Lig, despite being on the radar of Turkish giants Besiktas, Fenerbahce, and Galatasaray according to Aksam.
This surprise move comes after the Italian midfielder impressed Arteta and solidified his place in the team.
Previously not the primary midfield target, Jorginho earned Arteta’s trust through consistent performances. Despite interest from Super Lig clubs, including the “Big Three”, the 32-year-old remained committed to proving himself at Arsenal.
Impressed by Jorginho’s contribution, Arteta reportedly met with management advocating for a contract extension.
His current deal includes a club-option for an additional year, which Arsenal is expected to exercise based on Arteta’s recommendation.
Without the contract extension, Jorginho would become a free agent next summer, potentially sparking a bidding war amongst Turkish clubs.
Arsenal’s move secures his continuity and Arteta’s tactical vision but leaves Jorginho’s future a mystery.
As things stand he will exit this summer unless his contract is extended. The interested Turkish sides will be monitoring the situation closely with the hope of snapping up a bargain deal this summer.
Jorginho has made 38 appearances for Arsenal in all competitions since joining the club, including 22 games this term. He is a part of the team but not a key player as things stand.
Galatasaray and Fenerbahce will almost certainly finish first and second in the league and will be able to offer Champions League football next season.