Jorginho Could Join Maurizio Sarri at Juventus, Says Agent Joao Santos

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistJune 20, 2019

Jorginho of Chelsea in action during the UEFA Europa League Final between Chelsea and Arsenal at Baku Olimpiya Stadionu on May 29, 2019 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Etsuo Hara/Getty Images)
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Jorginho's agent, Joao Santos, has not ruled out the midfielder joining Maurizio Sarri in moving from Chelsea to Juventus this summer. 

Sarri left Chelsea earlier in June after just a season in charge at Stamford Bridge to take up the role at Juve recently vacated by Massimiliano Allegri.

Jorginho moved with Sarri from Napoli to Stamford Bridge last summer, and Duncan Castles in The Times has since reported the Italian manager wants the 27-year-old to join him at the Serie A champions.

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Santos acknowledged his client has a contract with Chelsea until 2023 and said Jorginho is "happy" in west London when speaking to Tuttomercatoweb, but he did not rule out the possibility of a switch to the Old Lady (h/t Goal's Daniel Lewis):

"Chelsea have a four-year contract with the lad. We'll wait a few days to figure out whether there is any truth in this interest mentioned in the papers. His past at Napoli won't be an issue, because Jorginho is a professional. Right now, Jorginho is happy at Chelsea. 

"He found a great atmosphere, and we can't really say that he'd like to go elsewhere, but anything can happen in the transfer market. We'll wait and see."

Sarri, 60, spent less than a year at Chelsea, joining in July 2018 before leading the Blues to a third-placed finish in the Premier League and UEFA Europa League glory:

It was anything but a serene season, though, as Sarri dealt regularly with criticism from fans about his style:

At its peak, there was open revolt from home fans at Stamford Bridge when they lost 2-0 in the FA Cup to Manchester United in February on the back of thrashings to Bournemouth and Manchester City:

As the player Sarri had brought with him to help implement his style, Jorginho also received criticism from Chelsea fans.

He played a key role as Chelsea went unbeaten in Sarri's first 18 matches in charge at the beginning of 2018-19. But the Italy international's performances then deteriorated as opposition sides worked out that smothering Jorginho was the key to disrupting Chelsea's rhythm.

Given he has not had the best time at Chelsea, it would be no surprise to see Jorginho move to Juve to join Sarri, whom he has played under for four consecutive seasons between Napoli and Chelsea.

However, it would also be fascinating to see how he would fare under a new boss at Stamford Bridge and whether he would thrive or falter outside of Sarri's rigid system.

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