Report: Midfielder could be ‘high-profile departure’ from Chelsea, 3 clubs interested

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Jorginho has an uncertain future at Chelsea. The 30-year-old is out of contract in 12 months and isn’t likely to be handed a new deal, so the Blues will be forced to cash in on his signature or risk losing him for nothing in 2023.

Krishan Davis and Graeme Bailey of 90min predict Jorginho will be one of the first players through the exit door this summer amid interest from Lazio, Juventus and AC Milan.

Chelsea paid an initial £50m to sign Jorginho on a five-year deal from Napoli in 2018 and he’s gone on to make 182 appearances in all competitions, scoring 26 goals with eight assists.

The Blues have paid Jorginho £110k-per-week/£5.7m-a-year in wages, so they’ve spent £22.8m on top of his transfer fee and would require more than £70m to make their money back.

But with the 30-year-old in the final year of his deal, his value will have dropped significantly. Chelsea may accept significantly less money than they paid just to get some value back and trim his salary from the wage bill.

Chelsea don’t offer long-term deals to players 30 and over, so Jorginho may only be handed a 12-month extension if talks were tabled. But the midfielder’s agent claimed in December 2021 that no discussions had been held, so the writing is on the wall.

Jorginho has featured regularly this season, making 41 appearances across the board and amassing 3037 minutes of playing time, but he’s not always commanded a starting place and might be deemed expendable.

Thomas Tuchel has N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic, Saul Niguez, Mason Mount and Ruben Loftus-Cheek to call upon, so he’s not short of options.

Jorginho was born in Brazil but spent his professional career in Italy before joining Chelsea. He also represents the national team, so it’s probably fitting that he returns to the Serie A.

The 30-year-old won the Europa League and Champions League in his time at Chelsea, so he’s been very successful in England.