Chelsea set to sell midfielder this summer

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Chelsea are closing in on Champions League qualification.

The Blues lie third in the Premier League table and are currently five points clear of fifth-placed Manchester United.

They have four games of the season remaining, though the run-in is particularly tough, comprising games against Sheffield United, Norwich City, Liverpool, and Wolves.

They have already moved aggressively into the summer transfer market, securing the signing of Timo Werner from RB Leipzig and Hakim Ziyech from Ajax.

It remains to be seen if they will make further signings in the window, but it does appear that departures are likely.

The signings of Werner and Ziyech have cost a combined £87 million and, just for Financial Fair Play reasons, Chelsea will need to balance the books.

And that leads us to Jorginho.

The midfielder has struggled for minutes since the resumption of proceedings in the Premier League, making just one 10 minute cameo against Crystal Palace last time out.

The Athletic reports that the Italy international could leave the club in the coming transfer window but his future is complicated.

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Juventus are said to be interested but they have secured Arthur’s signature from Barcelona, placing a move in doubt.

Jorginho is also seen as an expensive acquisition and they are not believed to be ready to pay the kind of fee the club will demand; but he has been made available for transfer at the right price.

If Juve are able to strike a deal with Chelsea, manager Frank Lampard will not stand in his way.

Transfermarkt value the former Napoli midfielder at £46.8 million.

GIVEMESPORT’S Harry Sherlock says…

This is likely to be the start of a fire sale.

Chelsea have committed to signing two big-name stars and also have interest in Kai Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen and Leicester City’s Ben Chilwell, per reports.

If both players also come in one has to believe that the club will look to trim a bloated squad and Jorginho might well be one of the first names out of the door.

Lampard has often preferred to use a midfield three of N’Golo Kante, Ross Barkley, and Mason Mount since the restart and it does not feel like the Italian fits in there.

He is not as attacking as Barkley or Mount and he is not as effective defensively as Kante.

Thus, with funds needing to be raised, it makes sense to move on a player who is surely becoming expendable.

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