Report: Chelsea would sell Jorginho to make way for potential big midfield signing
Chelsea are reportedly ready to offload Jorginho to vacate space for West Ham midfielder Declan Rice as a potential signing.
The financial situations might force West Ham to sell the 21-year-old as manager David Moyes is planning a squad overhaul, according to a report from the Sun.
The former Manchester United manager reportedly prefers to keep Rice, but the report claimed Chelsea are keen on bringing their former academy talent back to west London.
There are a couple of obvious reasons why Rice’s return to Stamford Bridge would make little sense.
First of all, Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has already had plenty of options for the holding midfield role; Jorginho, N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic, Billy Gilmour.
And the second, West Ham would reportedly want a fee of around £70million for the England international which would be problematic under the current situation, even for Chelsea.
Jorginho’s agent has received several offers
However, the report also said Chelsea are prepared to put Jorginho on the market and this could arguably solve both issues.
Recently, Jorginho’s agent Joao Santos said he has received several offers for the 28-year-old — a piece of evidence that Chelsea would not find it difficult to find potential buyers.
The agent also claimed “only most important clubs in Europe can afford Jorginho” which suggests massive transfer fee could likely be raised to fund Rice’s transfer.
This is all hypothetical though, as it’s unlikely that Chelsea would let Jorginho leave.
Jorginho has had a significant improvement in his defensive outputs and Lampard sees him as one of the team leaders.
The former Napoli midfielder has had the fourth-most minutes for Chelsea in the Premier League this season after Cesar Azpilicueta, Kepa Arrizabalaga and Mason Mount — and it says it all.