Report: Chelsea now expect Jorginho to leave, after links with Newcastle United
Eddie Howe will be hoping to bolster his options in midfield this month as he aims to keep Newcastle in the race for Champions League qualification.
The Magpies booked their place in the semi-final of the EFL Cup with a 2-0 win over Leicester City last night. It will be the club’s first cup semi-final appearance since 2005 and Howe will certainly need more options heading into the business end of the season.
Bruno Guimaraes has forged a brilliant partnership with Joelinton in the middle of the park, while Sean Longstaff has been quietly excellent alongside the pair. But the Magpies lack depth in the position and St James’ Park has been touted as a possible destination for Jorginho.
The Chelsea star’s contract is set to expire at the end of the season and The Daily Mail have reported that Howe holds an interest in signing the player this month.
Now, it seems Graham Potter’s men are braced for the Italian’s exit and are not hopeful that he will put pen to paper before the season is over.
Chelsea expect Jorginho to leave
Chelsea are now preparing for the prospect of Jorginho leaving on a free transfer at the end of the season, according to The Telegraph.
The Blues are optimistic that N’Golo Kante and Mason Mount will put pen to paper, but they don’t have the same optimism over Jorginho’s future.
But there is a belief within Chelsea that he is likely to return to Italy, or join a different club overseas. The outlet notes that the situation could yet change if Chelsea were to offer the ‘outstanding’ midfielder a bumper contract.
It feels like an important month ahead for Newcastle as they certainly need to provide Howe with more depth across his squad.
Jorginho has enjoyed a successful period at Chelsea after making the £50 million switch from Napoli back in 2018.
The veteran midfielder has lifted the Champions League with the Blues, while also playing a key role in Italy winning the Euros back in 2021. It led to him being named in the top three of the Ballon D’Or that year.
Jorginho would be a good addition to the Newcastle squad in the sense that he could provide them with an experienced player who has played at the very highest level.
But Howe’s side seem to be going in a different direction at the moment by targeting younger players that are capable of growing alongside the club.
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