Maurizio Sarri craving Jorginho reunion at Lazio

90 minutes understands, as the Chelsea midfielder is unlikely to be offered a new contract at Stamford Bridge.

The Italian international’s current contract expires in June 2023 and there has been speculation about his future for some time. His outspoken agent, Joao Santos, regularly talks about a return to Serie A, with Juventus being touted more often as his potential destination.

Jorginho’s midfield partner N’Golo Kante will be out at the same time, and Chelsea want to avoid the kind of situation they have this year with defenders Andreas Christensen. Y Antonio Rudiger is likely to walk away on free transfers having been unable to agree new terms.

Nevertheless, 90 minutes he understands the Blues are not planning to renew Jorginho and Kante’s contracts as each player is now over 30, usually the threshold for Chelsea to stop offering longer-term deals.

Both have also come under fire due to periods of indifferent form this season, while Mateo Kovacic has emerged as a key player in midfield.

With that in mind, Jorginho could be sold this summer and sources have said. 90 minutes that it is Lazio who are leading the Serie A chase, with AC Milan and Juve among the interested parties as well.

The 30-year-old previously shone under Lazio manager Sarri at Napoli, and it was the enigmatic manager who brought him to Chelsea from under the nose of Manchester City in a blockbuster transfer in 2018, before his only season at the club. Stamford Bridge bench. .

Sarri is desperate to work with him director again, and a deal could be possible if Chelsea want to capitalize on one of their last chances to cash in before the Brazilian-born Italian’s contract runs out.

Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel spoke last week about the importance of avoiding the kind of situation where key players go for free.

“With important players, it is a wish as a coach that we resolve this in the summer anyway,” Tuchel said. “That it is clear where the trip is, what the decision is.

“Then we have the same conversations about Toni [Rudiger] and Andreas [Christensen]we just exchange the names, we talk about it during the winter, then comes january, then the agents talk to these clubs and the brother to the other… it would be nice if we can avoid it.

“But right now, it’s a little difficult. Yes, this should be the goal for all of us.”

Tuchel hopes to oversee a mini-review of Chelsea’s midfield in the summer, 90 minutes understands Monaco’s Aurelien Tchouameni is the priority, though West Ham’s Declan Rice remains a target.

The appearance of impressive loan conor Gallagher will likely save them some money when he returns to play a role in the first-team squad.

In terms of expenses, Saul Niguez’s loan from Atletico Madrid will not be permanent, while Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Ross Barkley are likely to be sold.

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