Jorginho’s agent confirms Juventus interest and says sanctions could mean Chelsea exit

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    Jorginho joined Chelsea from Napoli in 2018. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

    The agent of Chelsea midfielder Jorginho says Juventus are interested in the Italian international, and believes sanctions placed on the club by the UK government could hasten the his departure.

    Since Roman Abramovich’s British assets were frozen by the government in response to Russia’s violent invasion of Ukraine, Chelsea have been placed in a precarious financial position are currently unable to complete day-to-day transactions including ticketing, retail store sales, and contract renewals.

    30-year-old Jorginho’s current deal expires in eighteen months’ time and with Chelsea’s economic future so uncertain, agent Joao Santos says a move is possible if Chelsea are unable to offer a renewal.

    ‘I haven’t talked to Juve, but I know of their interest in Jorginho,’ Santos told Italian outlet Calciomercato.

    ‘We have a contract with Chelsea until 2023 and it is a particular moment for the club, where there are no negotiations, also because the market is blocked both in entry and in exit.

    ‘If the situation unfolds, the priority will be to deal with the renewal. Should Chelsea fail to renew their contract, then we will listen to all the teams involved.’

    Chelsea could potentially have new owners by the end of the month as the private investment firm handling the club’s sale ramps up its efforts.

    Sponsors including telecoms firm Three and car manufacturer Hyundai have suspended their agreements with the club, and with football clubs operating on low liquidity business models, the need to sell soon is clear.

    The deadline for bids to made to purchase the club was been extended to 18 March by the American firm handling the sale, Raine Group, which issued a notice to potential investors over the weekend informing them that the sale process will be moving forward quickly.

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