Arsenal may finally be able to land Adrien Rabiot this summer – if Jorginho completes a move to Juventus.
According to a report from TuttoJuve, the Italian maestro is wanted by his old manager Maurizio Sarri, who previously signed him for both Napoli and Chelsea.
The star, who joined the Blues for a fee that will likely reach £57 million in total (Sky Sports), has emerged as a key figure for Chelsea in recent times.
Having taken a season to adapt to English football, the Italian is now arguably one of Frank Lampard’s most important players.
But seemingly his future is not totally certainly, with TuttoJuve having spoken to the player’s agent.
Joao Santos said: “Jorginho has a three-year contract with Chelsea, the priority is clearly to stay here but we could also consider leaving the club in July.
“Why should Juventus not be possible? It is the most important team in Italy, the one that has won the most in recent years. We would not say no to the Bianconeri.”
Juventus signing Jorginho would definitely have repercussions for midfielder Rabiot – and it could be to the benefit of Arsenal.
TBR’s view – Arsenal could finally land Rabiot
For months while he was at Paris Saint-Germain, the Gunners were reported to be interested in signing Rabiot and there were still reports (Sport Mediaset) as recently as last month.
Rabiot struggled at the beginning of the season but has been getting more game time in recent weeks – but any arrival of Jorginho at the club would surely make things difficult for him.
Sarri is a huge fan of the 28-year-old and the likelihood is that he would instantly build the team around him.
Such a transfer could see Rabiot be deemed dispensable – and Arsenal should be at the front of the queue.
He may no longer be available on a free, but the silky star would be an upgrade on all of Mikel Arteta’s current options.