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Jorginho’s agent continues to court Juventus

Starting to be a bit annoying...

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Jorginho’s agent continues to talk up his client’s connection with Maurizio Sarri at every opportunity, and presumably he’s not doing that just of his own volition.

The medium of choice this time is Naples-based Radio Kiss Kiss, where the João Santos told a familiar story of interdependence.

“[Sarri] needs a player like Jorginho to play as he wants. I don’t know Juventus’ strategies, we’ll see.

“I know Sarri has just joined Juventus. Paratici will decide what to do. I imagine they are talking about transfer targets. Juventus’ director won’t call us without calling Chelsea first”.

-João Santos; source: Radio Kiss Kiss via CalcioMercato

Translation: please call Chelsea.

Unfortunately for Jorginho and his scheming agent, Chelsea have not been receptive to these rumors as yet (unlike in Sarri’s case), with recent reports making it clear that the Blues would block any such move. Of course, that may turn out to be just a negotiating strategy in the end, but we paid good money for the 27-year-old midfielder and would probably require even better money in return, to say the least.

What may be doubly unfortunate for the agent’s aims is that Sarri has not only talked up Miralem Pjanić as a player “to touch the ball 150 times per game” already, the former Chelsea head coach had even hinted at eschewing at least some part of his tactical idealism and fundamentalism as part of the lessons he’s learned in the Premier League. Granted, that’s unlikely to involve giving up the tiki and the taka, but Pjanić should certainly be more than capable of controlling play in a fashion similar to the man who’s been tasked with doing so over the last four years at Napoli and Chelsea.

“I would like to see Pjanic touch 150 balls per game, but we must train the other players’ ability to always give him the ball. [...] I organize the team a lot in the first 70 meters and leave freedom in the last 30.”

-Maurizio Sarri; source: Gazzetta dello Sport via Google Translate

Sounds like Jorginho will have to learn a few new tricks as well.

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