Chelsea midfielder Jorginho has reached out to Barcelona to offer his services on a free transfer ahead of next season, according to reports. The 30-year-old’s current deal at Stamford Bridge is set to expire at the end of the campaign as things stand, with his long-term future in west London yet to be resolved in spite of his important standing at the club.
Jorginho has been an ever-present in midfield for Chelsea since joining from Napoli in the summer of 2018, but it seems as though he is evaluating his options in the transfer market ahead of a potential move away next year. He offered himself to Barcelona a few days ago and would be willing to join the Catalan giants on a pre-contract agreement, which he will be able to negotiate in January, according to Marca.
It is claimed that Jorginho recently informed Barcelona that he would be open to moving to the Nou Camp next season if he fails to extend his stay at Chelsea over the coming months, but a deal already looks to be unlikely. Those in power at Barcelona are not believed to be considering the possibility of signing Jorginho at present, although they are said to be on the lookout for a new deep-lying midfielder to serve as a long-term replacement for Sergio Busquets.
It remains to be seen whether Barcelona will eventually decide to chase a move for Jorginho, who has started in all but one of Chelsea’s matches in the Premier League so far this season. He could represent a shrewd addition for the cash-strapped Spaniards, who are still struggling to balance the books as a result of their well-known financial issues behind closed doors.
Jorginho will, of course, be free to enter into talks with non-English clubs when the January transfer window rolls around in order to reach a pre-contract agreement without the buying club needing to pay a transfer fee. Chelsea will surely be looking to avoid losing him for nothing, though, by convincing him to sign to a new and improved contract in the not-too-distant future.
The Blues failed to make any concrete progress regarding a new deal for Jorginho during Thomas Tuchel’s time in charge, but much will depend on Graham Potter’s view of the midfielder and whether or not he manages to fit into the mould under the guidance of his new boss. Jorginho admitted earlier this month that he and his team-mates were surprised by the matter of Tuchel’s surprise departure, with Chelsea owner Todd Boehly opting to relieve the German coach of his duties just a week after the end of the summer transfer window.
“It was a surprise of course for everyone, but what has been said between players, will stay there, I’m sorry,” Jorginho told reporters before Chelsea’s draw against Red Bull Salzburg last week.
“Of course there is talking around what happened, but now we have games coming and life is quick so we don’t have time to keep thinking again and again. We talked, but now we need to concentrate and focus on what we need to do.
“We tried what we could to try and do our best. But unfortunately it wasn’t working anymore and the new challenge is to rebuild that confidence because Chelsea are a big club and we have a lot of work to do, to do that we all need to be working in the same direction.”
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