JUVENTUS will reportedly hand Jorginho an escape route with the Blues ace being benched EVERY game since football’s restart.
The Bianconeri have long been linked with an offer for the 28-year-old, with Juve boss Maurizio Sarri keen to forge a third reunion.
According to TuttoSport, Juve are plotting a summer swoop for the Italian midfielder.
Chelsea paid Napoli a hefty £57million when landing the playmaker in 2018, and would reportedly only listen to bids above £45million this time around.
He was brought to West London by Sarri himself, but the Italian boss jumped ship at the end of his first season at Stamford Bridge, replacing Massimiliano Allegri as Bianconeri manager.
The midfield maestro was even accused of being Sarri’s “teacher’s pet” after seemingly becoming untouchable in the starting XI and is said to still hold a place in his old gaffer’s heart.
Before the coronavirus break, Jorginho had been shaping into an integral figure under Frank Lampard this season, making 26 league appearances and netting four goals.
But since the top-flights restart, the Italian ace has been rotting on the bench and is yet to clock up any appearances.
The Serie A giants had hoped to land Brazilian midfielder Arthur after Barca revealed all but three players – Lionel Messi, Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Frenkie De Jong – were on their transfer list.
But Arthur, 23, revealed he doesn’t want to move, with Jorginho now Juventus’ top target, according to reports.
While losing the Italian playmaker would be a blow to Frank Lampard, the Chelsea chief is hoping to use him as bait to sign Miralem Pjanic.
However, the Jorginho’s agent recently threw cold water over speculation of a move to Turin.
Joao Santos said the Chelsea star is being chased by “two top European clubs” but NOT Sarri’s side.