Arsenal have agreed a £12m deal with Chelsea to sign Italian midfielder Jorginho.
The 31-year-old, who joined Chelsea from Napoli in 2014, is in the final six months of his contract at Stamford Bridge.
He will now undergo a medical examination before signing an 18-month contract with the possibility of an additional year.
The Gunners turned to Jorginho after seeing two offers rejected by Brighton for Moises Caicedo.
Brighton say Caicedo is not for sale and it looks increasingly likely the Ecuadorian midfielder will stay at the club past the 11pm deadline.
Jorginho is set to become Arsenal’s third signing for the January window, with the club previously buying Polish defender Jakub Kiwior from Spezia for €20m (£17.6m) and Belgian striker Leandro Trossard, who left Brighton for £21million.
Mikel Arteta’s side are five points clear at the top of the Premier League with one game less on the sides immediately below them.
Jorginho scored 29 goals in 213 appearances for Chelsea, winning the Champions League, Europa League, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup during his time at the club.
The midfielder was born in Brazil but moved to Italy aged 15 and opted to play for the Azzurri at international level.
He has 46 international caps and was part of the Italian squad that beat England to win Euro 2020 at Wembley in July 2021.