Chelsea have reportedly entered talks with Juventus over a possible swap deal involving Miralem Pjanic and Jorginho.
Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio reported that Juventus offered the 30-year-old to Chelsea as Maurizio Sarri is keen to bring Jorginho back under his wing.
The Guardian ran a similar story, claiming Juventus and Chelsea have begun talks over a potential swap deal.
The report also mentioned Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Leonardo is a big fan of Pjanic.
It is not a surprise that Sarri would want to reunite with Jorginho, considering the two have worked together before at Napoli and Chelsea.
Interestingly, however, there could be another reason why the former Chelsea manager is eager to offload Pjanic.
Pjanic’s significant decline
The Bosnia and Herzegovina international has played in Serie A for almost a decade since joining Roma from Lyon in 2011, before moving to Juventus in 2016.
In Turin, he is often called ‘Il Pianista’ or simply the Pianist in reference to his creativity on the pitch.
Since he arrived at Roma, Pjanic has averaged at least two key passes per game in the league, except for 2017/18, where it slightly dipped to 1.9 per game, and this season under Sarri where the number fell to 1.2 per game.
His average of 1.2 key passes per game is still better than Jorginho’s 0.8 per game this season at Chelsea.
But unlike Pjanic, Jorginho is not a creator type, but rather used as a bridge between the back four and the attackers.
For reference, Mateo Kovacic has averaged 1.6 key passes per game this season, and he is hardly considered a creator.
Pjanic’s final output should also put Chelsea on alert as he has gone from 12 league assists in 2015/16, nine in 2016/17, eight in 2017/18, six in 2018/19, and just two this season so far.
The statistics do not tell the whole story but anyone can see the trend here; Pjanic is on the decline.
Also, if Jorginho’s average of 2.1 tackles and 1.7 interceptions per game in the Premier League last season was heavily criticised, Pjanic, who made just 1.7 tackles and 1.2 interceptions per game this season, would have it even worse.