According to Sky Sports Italy journalist Fabrizio Romano, Chelsea have already started talks with Juventus for a player-exchange deal. Apparently, the Italian club want Jorginho and are ready to part with their star midfielder Miralem Pjanic for the same.
Romano also added that ongoing talks with Barcelona for Pjanic have been halted. This is because Brazilian midfielder Arthur doesn’t want to leave Camp Nou. The clubs have been negotiating a Pjanic-Arthur exchange deal for over two weeks now.
Meanwhile, Paris Saint-Germain is also interested in Pjanic but are yet to make an approach.
Chelsea Open Talks With Juventus for Pjanic
Juventus head-coach Maurizio Sarri wants Jorginho back in Italy. The duo was inseparable at Napoli and then at Chelsea. Now Sarri wants the Italian to follow him to Juventus.
Jorginho had made it clear at the beginning of the season that his loyalty lies with Chelsea as much as it does with Sarri. There were a lot of Jorginho transfer rumours when Sarri left Chelsea for Juventus.
The midfielder has found a new lease to life under Frank Lampard. The English gaffer uses the Italian as his central pivot and the distribution of passing is totally carried out by him on-field.
Does Chelsea Need Pjanic?
With N’Golo Kante, Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic having established themselves as Lampard’s top midfield choices, fans will be worried about Pjanic coming in. This would mean another year of settling in and experimenting for the Blues.
Also, the Bosnian midfielder is already 30 years old, which two years older than Jorginho. This clashes with the club’s current plans of building a long term team with quality young players.
Chelsea have been in a transition phase to weed out the ageing players from the squad and bringing in fresh legs. They have relied on their academy in the past season. But with the transfer ban lifted, now the Londoners shall be aching to splash some cash in the transfer market.
It will be interesting to see how this exchange deal pans out, especially the clubs’ philosophies behind the move.