Chelsea manager Frank Lampard wanted to swap Jorginho for Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic before the Bosnian playmaker eventually decided to make the move to Barcelona, according to the Guardian‘s Fabrizio Romano.
The journalist reported back in May that Juve had tabled the proposal to the Blues, and it appears Lampard was interested in making it happen but Pjanic already had his heart set on a switch to Spain. Supporters on Twitter are quite relieved that the deal didn’t materialise:
— 🪐 (@iNCFC_) October 7, 2020
Pjanic is dusted
— jaden (@cfcjaden) October 7, 2020
Thank you barca
— Lewis (@CfcOnTheRise) October 7, 2020
Thank god it didn’t happen
— Emilio (@CFCesf) October 7, 2020
That would have been a disaster class from Lamps
— Oli💙🦁 (@Oliseh_11) October 7, 2020
Can't say I am dissapointed
— Hidden Jim (@ElBurcho) October 7, 2020
Wondering what Lamps was thinking, Pjanic definitely the better passer but he can't defend and will get ran through the midfield more than Jorginho does. Should've gone for Brozovic but Inter don't want a Jorginho swap.
— HENRI__ (@CFCHenri) October 7, 2020
Horrendous swap value 💸
— Darshan Pai (@Darshan_Pai) October 7, 2020
i don't believe this is true. Jorginho is a better player than Pjanic and he is 2 years younger too
— Arjun Choudhary (@ArjunCh19732377) October 7, 2020
Lampard approved this…..wow
— Lump Of Kamal (@LumpOfCFC) October 7, 2020
Pjanic is undoubtedly a very good player, but he’s hardly much of an upgrade on Jorginho. The Bosnian international is two years older than the Chelsea midfielder and he is not known to offer much in terms of goals.
It must be said he does generally provide a decent number of assists and that may be why Lampard considered swapping the two players but, other than that, the Blues would not have got the better end of the deal.