Another European giants join Barcelona in Jorginho chase

November 9th, 2022 by Olasunkanmi Ibikunle

Reports have emerged that Juventus and Barcelona are gearing up for a January battle for Jorginho, who seems to be on his way out of Chelsea.

The Italian international is out of contract next summer and is yet to agree a new deal with the London club. The whispers are that the two parties are some way apart on a deal. They are not willing to reach his €13.6m annual demands.

Barcelona have been consistently linked to Jorginho and while it may just be an agent driving up the price for his client, yjr Catalan giants have openly stated they will pursue free transfers next summer. In addition, they will look for someone to occupy Sergio Busquets’ position in the next 12 months.

Now, according to Sport via Football Espana, Juventus are trying to persuade Jorginho to sign for them. Arriving on a free, he would receive a significant signing bonus. Juve are looking to refresh their midfield which has struggled this season.

Although Jorginho fits the profile Barcelona are looking for on the ball and financially makes sense, he might be too similar to Busquets in a different way. Jorginho shares some of the defensive weaknesses that Busquets has and those will only be highlighted if he plays in the current Barcelona side.

The 30-year-old Italian-Brazilian has been with the Blues for four years now, joining the club in the summer of 2018 alongside Maurizio Sarri. Jorginho has proven to be an important midfielder for Chelsea over the last few years but his time in the Premier League seems to be drawing to a close.

The Bianconeri, according to Football Italia, seem to have the advantage, being able to offer the player a higher salary thanks to the Growth Decree.

Jorginho has scored three goals in 18 appearances across all competitions this season for Chelsea.

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