Barcelona are reportedly interested in securing the services of Arsenal players Jorginho and Kai Havertz, according to Spanish sports daily Mundo Deportivo.
Despite the speculation, both players appear to be firmly in the plans of the North London club.
Due to the addition of Declan Rice, Jorginho, an Italian international, has played less this year for Arsenal.
He and his agency, however, have made it clear that a transfer away from the Emirates Stadium is not planned. Although his deal with Arsenal has an additional year option, it expires in 2024.
In the meantime, Kai Havertz’s tenure in North London has not gone smoothly since his high-profile transfer from Chelsea to Arsenal.
The German playmaker has earned the trust of Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta. Arteta recently said he wants to “Try to help him as much as possible” in a press conference.
“Stay by him, give him the resources, the self-assurance, and the time he needs to develop his talent.
“He is excelling in so many areas of his game, and we are aware of which ones still require work.
However, Arteta continued, “With any player, it’s always about giving support.” “Especially when you witness a guy who accomplishes what he does every day and the manner in which he strives and applies himself.If they don’t perform after you provide them support and new tools, it’s our fault.
According to the Spanish source, the La Liga heavyweights have identified the Arsenal pair as prospective targets and are considering their options for the forthcoming January transfer window.
Barcelona’s strategy is based on the conviction that the market will present more opportunities in January, similar to how they obtained Joao Cancelo and Joao Felix on loan this past summer.
They believe that players who were formerly considered “star signings” may become available at a lesser cost, and Jorginho and Havertz both suit that description.
Jorginho, who cost Arsenal €11.3 million and is now worth €25 million after leaving Chelsea, cost the Gunners €75 million, while Havertz is now worth €55 million.