Jorginho’s agent lays out steps Juventus must take to sign Chelsea ace – ‘Talk to Marina’
Jorginho is expected to stay at Chelsea this summer despite reports of a transfer to Juventus, according to the player’s agent. The Italian midfielder is wanted by former Blues boss Maurizio Sarri at Juve but has become a key part of Frank Lampard’s plans.
Jorginho has featured 37 times across all competitions for Chelsea this term, providing valuable experience in an otherwise youthful Blues outfit.
The 28-year-old has established himself as first-choice under Lampard and won over fans after a difficult first season following his move from Napoli.
Sarri is keen to bring his favourite midfielder to Turin, having worked with Jorginho in Naples before signing him at Chelsea, but the player’s agent says no contact from Juventus has been made.
Speaking to TuttoJuve, Joao Santos said: “I learn of these constant rumours only from the newspapers, because nobody from Juventus contacted me.
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“Sarri appreciates him very much as a person and as a player, they worked very well together but there’s nothing else.
“The boy thinks only of Chelsea, he’s started training again and is preparing for the start of the Premier League.
“Besides that, in my opinion, it’s difficult for the Bianconeri to buy him today.”
Jorginho is under contract at Stamford Bridge until 2023 and is believed to be valued between €50m-€60m (£44.5m-£53.4m).
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This is a hefty fee in itself, but the current coronavirus crisis has made teams even more unwilling to splash out big money on new signings.
Juventus have reportedly tabled the idea of exchanging Miralem Pjanic for Jorginho, but the Bosnian has expressed a desire to move to Barcelona.
Federico Bernardeschi has also been touted as a player who could potentially be utilised in a swap deal, although the winger would not provide a like-for-like replacement.
Santos suggests the current circumstances will make it very difficult for any club to sign Jorginho, although he did say that Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia will be key if any move does go through.
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When asked why Juventus will struggle to get their man, Santos said: “Because what we’ll experience will not be a normal market, it will be economically affected by the pandemic.
“And then Jorginho has a contract with Chelsea until 2023, he’s the vice-captain and is considered a very important player for the team.
“I’m not referring only to Juventus, but to all the biggest clubs in Europe.
“It’ll be difficult to shell out those figures for a single player. We will see a different transfer market this year.”
“If that happens [a team can meet Chelsea’s asking price], I reply that the person concerned will have to go to Chelsea and talk to Marina about it.
“Then we’ll consider together what to do. This would not be a problem.”
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