Chelsea chiefs set Jorginho transfer asking price after talks with Frank Lampard

Chelsea are looking for a big fee to let go of Jorginho amid interest from Maurizio Sarri’s Juventus.

Chelsea have held talks with Frank Lampard over the future of Jorginho. Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri is interested in a reunion with the 28-year-old midfielder, who he took to Stamford Bridge from Napoli in 2018.

Jorginho has enjoyed a return to form following the departure of Sarri at the end of last season.

He struggled in his maiden campaign at Stamford Bridge but has won over the club’s fans by scoring seven goals in 37 appearances in all competitions under Frank Lampard this term.

Juventus are on the hunt for a midfielder because Miralem Pjanic is set to be moved on after failing to win over Sarri.

A swap deal involving Jorginho has been mooted, while the Serie A giants are also hoping to trade Pjanic for Barcelona’s Arthur.

If Juventus look to secure a cash deal for Jorginho then they face stumping up a huge fee after Chelsea chiefs and Lampard discussed his future.

According to Tuttosport, the Blues are looking for a fee between £58.1million (€65m) and £62.6m (€70m).

He is under contract until the summer of 2023, which explains the size of the fee.

If Chelsea were to sell Jorginho for their desired price then it would represent a basic profit on the initial £50m fee they handed Napoli two summers ago.

When speculation about a move to Juventus cropped up last month, Jorginho’s representative was quick to play down a transfer.

“I read that, but I never had contact with them. Neither Sarri, nor Fabio Paratici called me to have information on Jorginho,” Joao Santos said.

“As of today, I know absolutely nothing about this situation. The lad is very happy in London, where he is proving his worth and still has three years left on his contract.

“In fact, in July there’s the possibility we can start talks to add a fourth and extend his contract with Chelsea. I don’t know what Juve’s transfer strategy is, but these are our plans for the future.”

Jorginho has enjoyed a revival under the tutelage of Lampard, and pinpoints the head coach’s public backing as being a key spark in his return to form.

“He’s always spoken very highly of me since he returned to Stamford Bridge and we started working together,” the Italy international told FourFourTwo.

“Honestly, I thank him for the sincerity he showed towards me in public. He didn’t have to do that, and not every manager does it. He’s a legend inside the club, so people listen to what he says.

“From that day, I felt everyone began to look at me with different eyes and really pay attention to what I do; how much I’ve devoted myself to achieving the best I can.”

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