There have been a lot of contradictory stories regarding Jorginho in the past few weeks — good job, Mr. Agent — with some claiming that Juventus and Chelsea are having preliminary talks regarding a transfer, while others saying that Chelsea are unwilling to sell the midfielder. According to the Athletic however, Maurizio Sarri hasn’t contacted Jorginho since the former left the Blues.
Of course, the report reminds us that Sarri not only doesn’t tend to form personal relationships with his players — not even Jorginho — the Juventus manager is not in charge of transfers at the club, sporting director Fabio Paratici is, and he’s the one potentially knocking on Chelsea’s door with various useless swap offers.
Jorginho is happy at Chelsea, has enjoyed playing for Lampard this season and the respect is mutual.— Liam Twomey (@liam_twomey) June 13, 2020
So why is there a sense that they could be convinced to sell to Juventus? And how realistic is it?
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The report adds that Jorginho is very happy and well-settled in London and is relishing the fact that he has become a mainstay of Frank Lampard’s project all while proving his detractors wrong.
Meanwhile, the Old Lady have been reportedly focusing on Barcelona’s Arthur, and with the young midfielder slowly warming up to the idea of moving to Turin, Juve might find it redundant to make a move for Jorginho.
Optimism growing: There was a meeting between Paratici and the entourage of Arthur, who are open to Serie A. Arthur is the first choice of Sarri and Paratici for technical & economic reasons. [Corriere Torino] pic.twitter.com/AennOrOvIo— Juventus News - Juvefc.com (@juvefcdotcom) June 9, 2020
Getting Jorginho would be a complicated affair for the Bianconeri anyways because of the financial implications of COVID-19. With Chelsea not interested in a swap deal for Miralem Pjanić, it’s only logical that Juve are focusing their search elsewhere.
The report does add that Chelsea could still choose to sell Jorginho because of the depth of quality that the Blues have in midfield, but in the current market, it’s hard to imagine getting a fair price for him.
Despite all the links to the big-name signings like Timo Werner and Kai Havertz, Frank Lampard will still want a few players who are already acclimatized to his style of play. Jorginho is clearly one of those, and a team leader as well, and it thus makes more sense to keep him than not.