Chelsea midfielder set to part ways with club in the summer

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Written by Martin Graham | April 14, 2022

Euro 2020 winner Jorginho Frilo is set to set a date for his stay at Chelsea in the summer, according to new reports.

The Brazil-born Italy international joined the Blues from Napoli in 2018 on the same day Maurizio Sarri was appointed as the Blues coach.

He has since grown into a staple of the team and has risen to the rank of deputy captain. He is also an essential part of the Chelsea team that won the UEFA Europa League and Champions League in that period.

For all his accomplishments with the team – some of which have made him top three in the 2021 Ballon d’Or rankings – the midfielder has faced constant criticism for his decisions on the field.

He has been linked with a return to Italy for quite some time and now, reports claim the 30-year-old will eventually decide when to stay in the Premier League.

Jorginho has a contract running until 2023 with the club and there are no chances to renew the talks taking place at the moment due to the sanctions imposed by the UK government on the club due to its affiliation with Roman Abramovich, an ally of Russia. President Vladimir Putin.

His agent has long scoffed at a return to the league with Jorginho slashing his teeth and reports claim Juventus are interested in securing his services this summer. Reports, made by Italian journalist Filippo Cornaccia, claimed that Juventus had been encouraged by their pursuit of the midfielder’s decision not to sign a new deal.

Cornaccia claims that Juventus are looking to sell Arthur in the summer and have their eye on Jorginho as his replacement.

Cornachia said in an interview with local media.

“Jorginho has a one-year contract that he will not renew. It is clear that Arthur’s farewell is essential to his arrival.”

Chelsea sale: John Terry-led group partnership with Atalanta co-owner

Elsewhere, the True Blues union, led by former Chelsea captain John Terry, has thrown its weight behind the bid to buy Chelsea from Stephen Pagliuca, co-owner of Atalanta Bergamasca Calcio, better known as Atalanta.

Pagliuca, who only took his stake in the Serie A club this season, has stated his willingness to sell his shares in the Serie A club if it means he can buy Chelsea.

Terry, who formed the True Blues consortium in order to ensure there was fan representation at the club’s new ownership, spoke to several bidders. Now, Terry’s group, which claims to have received £150m from fans, has opted to set up their tent with the Italian American, who also owns the NBA franchise, the Boston Celtics.

The True Blues consortium explained its decision to support Pagliuca, saying: “After being engaged and well received by all bidders, we were recently able to spend time with Steve and Larry [Pagliuca’s partner in the bid to buy Chelsea] And to get to know their offer, we are again confident that they are compatible with Chelsea fans, and of course we have experience in the field to own the sports teams.

“We feel the club is in a fortunate position with the final bidders and look forward to continuing the dialogue with them.”

Pagliuca had previously revealed that he would present a scheme to allow Chelsea fans to acquire ownership stakes in the club.

Martin Graham is a sports writer for the MFF Forum

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