Arsenal are among the clubs exploring a possible move for Chelsea midfielder Jorginho before the transfer deadline.

The Premier League leaders are very light on cover for first-choice holding midfielder Thomas Partey, with Mohamed Elneny absent through injury.

Arsenal have now expressed an interest in Italy international Jorginho. There are other names thought to be in the mix but with the transfer deadline just over 24 hours away, Arsenal are aware that time and options are running out.

Jorginho’s contract at Stamford Bridge expires in the summer, which means Chelsea are at risk of losing the 31-year-old for nothing if he does not leave on a permanent transfer in this window.