Chelsea are preparing themselves for a move by Juventus, after it emerged the Italian giants are planning a raid for holding midfielder Jorginho.
Jorginho, who was signed by Maurizio Sarri in a £57million deal in July 2018, is reportedly wanted once again by his former boss.
Sarri insisted Jorginho was fundamental to his playing system, yet departed Chelsea after just one year in charge to take over in Turin. Now the 61-year-old wants the holding midfielder to form the lynchpin of his side once again, according to the Sun.
Former Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri reportedly wants Jorginho to join him at Juventus
It is reported Sarri has been considering deals for both Jorginho and another of his former charges N’Golo Kante, but is set to move for the Italian this summer.
The move will likely be a difficult one however, due to Jorginho’s renewed importance at Stamford Bridge.
Despite making a slow start to life under Frank Lampard, Jorginho hit form and has clocked up 26 league appearances this season and scored four goals throughout the campaign.
Chelsea signed Jorginho from Napoli for £57m after Sarri insisted he was crucial to the system
Juve therefore are said to be prepared to offer 26-year-old winger Federico Bernardeschi as bait in the deal, in order to force the hand of the Blues.
Juve signed the pacey wideman for £34million from Fiorentina in the summer of 2017, though Bernardeschi has been unable to force his way into regular first team plans.
After making just 21 appearances so far this season, with just one assist, Juve are understood to be willing to move the Italy international on.
It is hoped the inclusion of Bernardeschi will be seen as a sweetner, with Chelsea in need of strong reinforcements on the wings.
Veteran duo Willian and Pedro both see their Stamford Bridge contracts expire this summer, and look set to depart the capital.
Chelsea hold high hopes for Callum Hudson-Odoi, though the England star has struggled over the past 18 months with repeat injuries.
Juve are said to be prepared to offer 26-year-old winger Federico Bernardeschi as bait
Chelsea are however likely to command at least an additional £30m fee on top of the offer of Bernardeschi, in order to turn a profit on the player they brought in from Napoli just over 18 months ago.
In midfield, is it believed Chelsea could be willing to cash in on Jorginho due to the emergence of Scottish youngster Billy Gilmour, who was given the nod by Lampard in early March.
Gilmour scooped Man of the Match during his first senior start, against Jurgen Klopp’s high flying Liverpool in the FA Cup. The Blues won the fixture 2-0 to progress to the next round of the competition.