Report: Chelsea's £50m man could be kept at the Bridge next season now, side struggling to find way to sign him

Reports from Italy have claimed there are still a number of factors in the way of Juventus securing a deal for Chelsea’s Jorginho.

According to Calcio Mercato Web, the Old Lady’s admiration for the Italian has been long-standing, but they need to offload their own midfielder, before making any move.

Jorginho has certainly been a divisive figure ever since his £50m arrival to the club in 2018. But his exceptional 2021 saw him finish third in the voting for the Ballon d’Or, after winning the Champions League and European Championships, which highlights his class when at his best.

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However, during his time at the club he has constantly been linked with a return to Italy, with Juventus being an interested party for a number of years.

Calcio Mercato Web confirmed that the desire remains for the Italian national team star to return to his adopted homeland, although they also say that the club’s situation with Arthur provides a stumbling block on any potential deal.

Arthur joined Massimiliano Allegri’s side from Barcelona in 2020, but he has failed to live up to expectations and in turn lost his spot in the starting side.

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Finding a suitor for the 25-year-old has proved difficult, with Chelsea themselves briefly linked with a move for him.

With Chelsea now out of the running though, Arthur is proving difficult to shift.

Juventus are also looking to land Paul Pogba, which means their midfield ranks could be stacked when the Frenchman arrives, and if Arthur doesn’t make his exit, any move for Jorginho may be put on hold.

Indeed, the latest reports from Italy suggest that any transfer for Jorginho may be put off for the next year, with a switch to Turin possible in 2023 now.

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While Jorginho may not be the perfect midfielder to matchup against certain teams, his skillset is so unique that the Blues would be foolish to let him go.

His ability to maintain possession under pressure and set up counter attacks is something he is one of the best in the world at, and while someone like N’golo Kante is fantastic, he certainly needs a figure like Jorginho alongside him, with the pair complementing each other well in midfield.

Jack is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack has reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, whilst also being published in the Non League Paper.