‘Chelsea are a priority’ – Agent says ahead of likely transfer

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Chelsea have been linked with a move for Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt, and the 22-year-old has stepped up as a priority signing for the Blues.

According to reports, Juventus have rejected an offer of €40m fee plus Timo Werner from Chelsea for Werner.

According to Italian media outlet Gazzetta dello Sport, Chelsea might also consider including Jorginho and Christian Pulisic as part of the deal for the defender. However, the Old Lady aren’t pleased with the other option being considered by Chelsea.

Jorginho has less than 12 months left on his contract at Chelsea, and even though he had been linked with a move to Juventus in the past, Jorginho is set to finish his contract at Chelsea.

Jorginho’s agent João Santos, had admitted his client’s priority is to continue at Stamford Bridge.

Speaking in an interview with TuttoMercatoWeb, with regards to the ongoing window, he said: “We are still at the beginning. It will be a very cautious market. Targeted.”

The media outlet then specifically asked the agent about his client and what Jorginho plans to do this summer.

Responding to that, Santos explained: “Chelsea are the priority. The contract will expire in 2023, I think we will talk about the renewal from September.”

From the words of Jorginho’s agent, it means Chelsea may find it hard to include Jorginho as part of a swap deal to sign another player.

Matthijs de Ligt
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De Ligt himself is said to be interested in a move to Chelsea, but his asking price seems to be around £80m.

De Ligt also has a release clause of £102m. The 22-year-old will be a very expensive signing if Chelsea can pull this one off.

Juventus CEO Maurizio Arrivabene has insisted it is ‘impossible’ to keep a player who wants to leave the club.

He said: “It’s impossible to keep players when they want to leave the club – but all the three parties in the negotiations have to be satisfied.”