Arsenal transfer plans revealed amid new Jorginho renewal information

Jorginho will remain an Arsenal player next season

Arsenal are set for a big summer with a number of potential exits and exciting arrivals. Several fringe players seem set to be axed, including perhaps some academy players.

Such youth products count as pure profit under Financial Fair Play and would hand the Gunners more breathing space for arrivals. Meanwhile, Mikel Arteta has already been planning for the future by agreeing a renewal with Jorginho.

The Italian was out of contract in the summer but his short-term deal has answered one transfer question. And it seems the club had competition to ward off first before shaking hands with the 32-year-old.

Youth-focused recruitment

Part of Arsenal's summer plans involve improving the academy production line, according to The Athletic.. It says the club fears falling behind the academies of rivals and may target younger talent who can be nurtured through the system.

The likes of Eddie Nketiah, Emile Smith Rowe and Reiss Nelson have come through the ranks but are anticipated to be sold this summer amid a lack of game time. Bukayo Saka is perhaps the biggest academy success story and Arsenal have no intention of selling him.

Arteta might be hoping that a boost in the academy will lead to more first-team players who can stick around the long haul, like as has happened at Liverpool and Manchester United in recent decades.’s Isaac Johnson says: “If accurate, this shows that Arteta is planning for the future and is thinking about the long-term as well as the here and now. This should come as encouragement for supporters.

“Jobs at Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Napoli have been going - albeit Xavi is now staying at the Nou Camp - and Arteta has not been seriously linked with any.

"That is far from a discredit to him but rather the general acknowledgement that he fits Arsenal and Arsenal fits him. Investing in the academy should be an exciting sign of Arteta's long-term intentions."

Jorginho turned down interest from afar

The Guardian says Jorginho had received interest from Serie A before re-committing his future to Arsenal. He was due to become a free agent in the summer and had been able to speak to potential suitors since January.

The player’s agent had hinted in March that a return to Italy could be on the table, but Arsenal were keen to get a deal over the line. Jorginho has played 35 games this season but has started just 19 of them.

The Gunners are expected to hunt for a new midfielder this summer to complement Declan Rice and captain Martin Odegaard with Thomas Partey possibly exiting. The likes of Newcastle’s Bruno Guimaraes and Martin Zubimendi of Real Sociedad have been linked.’s Isaac Johnson says: “This is undoubtedly a positive move from Arsenal and also indicates how far the club has come under Mikel Arteta in regards to transfer pull.

“It would be concerning if the manager viewed Jorginho as the midfielder to complete the regular midfield trio - but I don’t think he does.

"The Euro 2020 and 2021 Champions League winner has bags of experience and is a fantastic rotational player who can change a game from the bench. A shrew piece of business from the Gunners.”