Last week’s Jorginho’s agent found himself with a bit of spare time, and decided to stir things up a bit by casually entertaining the hypothetical possibility of Juventus. We should of course expect nothing less from an agent, especially in the middle of a Premier League winter break, but the comments still caused a bit of a stir, especially down in Italy.
So, Tutto Juve rang up Mr. João Santos this weekend to ask him whether he cared to clarify any of those hints. He certainly didn’t need a special invitation to do so, putting an even bigger bait on the proverbial fishhook. Mmmm, mealwormy!
“Anything can happen in the transfer market.
“The ‘why not?’ means that Jorginho has a three-year contract with Chelsea. The priority is clearly to stay here but we could also consider leaving the club in July. And if this hypothesis occurs, we would be ready to evaluate the different proposals that will come from Italy, France, England.
“Why should Juventus not be possible? They are the most important team in Italy, who have won the most in recent years. We would not say no to the Bianconeri.”
And of course, any Juventus rumor will gain a certain bit of credibility due to the presence of Maurizio Sarri, who had been synonymous with the midfielder at both Napoli and at Chelsea last season ... provided that Sarri doesn’t get sacked for failing to win the league — Conte’s Inter will take over first place again today if they win in the Milan Derby.
“It’s normal [that the Juve rumors began last summer], because Sarri was Jorginho’s coach at both Napoli and Chelsea. In those four years he had been fundamental to his game; he knows the mechanisms very well and that’s why there’s talk about it.
“If Juventus — who have a very important squad — should need him, and Chelsea were open to a sale, we could certainly evaluate their proposal. And then it would be up to the teams to find the agreement.”
The line has been cast. Any bites yet?
“Nobody from Juve, neither today nor in the past, has contacted me to talk about him. The team has to talk to whoever has his registration; it’s not like talking to me can change that much.”
-João Santos; source: Tutto Juve via Google Translate
Minor details, really.