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Arsenal stall contract negotiations with star player amid uncertainty

Arsenal have decided to stall contract talks with popular first team player who is uncertain about his future at the club.

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Arsenal have reportedly put contract talks with Jorginho on a ‘standstill’ according to his agent Joao Santos. The 31-year-old midfielder signed a two-year deal in January, with an option for an additional year and is set to enter the final year of his current contract by the end of this season. 

Having signed Jorginho from Chelsea for a reported fee of £12 million on the transfer Deadline Day in January, Arsenal have benefitted from his experience and has quickly become a key figure within Mikel Arteta’s young team. 

However, negotiations to extend his contract have hit an impasse, with Joao Santos indicating a standstill in talks and outlining a timeframe for potential resolution. 

Speaking to TUTTOmercatoWEB, Santos stated, “Everything is at a standstill. We’ll think about it after February. However, the priority remains Arsenal.”

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Jorginho’s agent Joao Santos says contract talks with Arsenal is on a standstill (Image credit: Getty Images)

Despite Jorginho’s importance to the team, the signing of Declan Rice means Arsenal are looking ahead at the future and considers Jorginho as a stop-gap solution. Mikel Arteta is a big fan of the former Chelsea man, but with Declan Rice joining the club this summer, he has only started four of Arsenal’s 12 Premier League matches.

Speculation has surfaced that the Champions League winner is considering returning to Serie A with AC Milan and his former club Napoli keeping a close watch of his contract situation.

While on international duty, Jorginho was asked about considering a potential return to Italy and he said, “I’ve doubts as I’d like to return but I don’t know when is the right moment. I want to return to Italy but I feel to have still many things to achieve at Arsenal, I want to fight for titles there.”

He was recalled to the Italian national team by Luciano Spalletti after being dropped from the squad due to lack of game time at Arsenal. With the Azzurris securing a place at the Euros next year, the veteran will return to help Arsenal overcome Brentford on Saturday evening at the Gtech Community Stadium.

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