Report: Chelsea willing to offload a £57 million player for a very specific reason, while Newcastle interested in a deal2 min read
Jorginho is wanted by Newcastle United, and Chelsea appears willing to let him go in order to work with a younger squad.
The Daily Mail reports that Newcastle are interested in signing Jorginho in January.
The Italian midfielder’s contract expires at the end of the season, and Newcastle are preparing to make a move.
This could happen at the end of the season, or Newcastle could try to pull off a cash deal during the upcoming transfer window.
Chelsea appear to have no plans to extend Jorginho’s contract and are content for him to leave Stamford Bridge.
The reason for this is that Chelsea intends to build a younger squad in the future, so experienced players like Jorginho may be offloaded.
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Moves for Andrey Santos and Benot Badiashile demonstrated that strategy, and Jorginho could be the next to go.
This is one rumor that will almost certainly divide opinion.
Jorginho primarily plays as a sitting midfielder, attempting to dictate play from deep.
The 31-year-old cost Chelsea around £57 million in 2018 and has played more than 200 times for the Blues.
Since their takeover, Newcastle has shown a willingness to sign proven Premier League players such as Nick Pope, Kieran Trippier, and Chris Wood.
Jorginho would also fall into this category, but this remains a speculative rumour.
The Magpies have been linked with other midfielders such as Moises Caicedo and Andrey Santos.
They fit the Newcastle profile a little better because they are young, talented midfielders with bright futures.
Santos may be on his way to Chelsea, but it would be surprising to see Newcastle abandon their pursuit of a player in his 30s like Jorginho.
Newcastle may believe this is too good to pass up, but we’d be surprised if Jorginho ends up at St James’ Park.