Chelsea midfielder Jorginho would have moved to Juventus if the Blues had accepted a swap deal involving Miralem Pjanic earlier this summer, according to the Italian’s agent.
Joao Santos confirmed the offer, which was first revealed by the Guardian‘s Fabrizio Romano back in late May, and he said the player would have made the switch back to Serie A if the two sides had come to an agreement:
“Juventus had proposed an exchange with Pjanic to Chelsea which the English club did not take into consideration. But [Juve sporting director Fabio] Paratici never called me. Would he have gone to Juve with Sarri? I think so.”
As it was, Juve agreed to swap Pjanic for Barcelona’s Arthur instead. Jorginho’s future, meanwhile, remains up in the air, but Santos says there have been no other bids for the 28-year-old this summer:
“Last year he played for forty games with Chelsea and he is important for the national team. We will see. So far we have not received any official proposals. however appreciated by many, in his role, there are not many players with his characteristics.”
It’s difficult to know what will happen with the Italian international. There don’t appear to be any other suitors now Juventus are out of the race but manager Frank Lampard could do with the funds from his sale to finance moves for other players.
West Ham’s Declan Rice is a key target and if Chelsea were to get a decent sum for Jorginho, it would almost certainly be reinvested in a bid for the England star.