Chelsea clock ticking down as star man hands Blues ultimatum amid interest from Barcelona

Jorginho, Cesar Azpilicueta, Chelsea, August 2022 Credit: Alamy
Jorginho, Cesar Azpilicueta, Chelsea, August 2022 Credit: Alamy

Chelsea star Jorginho has reportedly sent the Blues an ultimatum regarding his future amid interest in him from Barcelona.

Jorginho has been one of Chelsea’s most crucial assets since making the swap from Napoli in 2018. Indeed, he has racked up more than 200 appearances in that time.

The Italian has scored 29 goals and provided nine assists from his defensive-midfield role over that period. He has proven a useful asset in a number of competitions.

The Blues have won both the Europa League and the Champions League while Jorginho has been at the club. In the Champions League triumph, the midfielder missed just one game, through suspension.

Indeed, his role was vital, as he hardly missed a minute other than in the game he was forced to sit out. Clearly he had a big impact, as he won the UEFA best player in Europe award in 2021.

The Italian has continued to have an influence on the Chelsea side this season. He frequently wears the captain’s armband in the absence of Cesar Azpilicueta.

Jorginho is yet to miss a game this season, having started all but two of the Blues’ league games.

His crucial role at Stamford Bridge has not gone unnoticed, though. Barcelona have reportedly been sniffing around, and with the midfielder’s contract with Chelsea finishing at the end of the season, that could spell trouble.

Indeed, reports over a move to Barca have gotten more frequent of late.

Chelsea handed ultimatum

Jorginho has reportedly handed Chelsea an ultimatum regarding his future. Indeed, Spanish outlet Sport reports that the Blues man ‘wants to be clear’ about his future by January.

That could mean a decision over whether or not he will stay in England is decided soon.

The report states that Chelsea are likely to make a proposal to their star. That is to be expected, Graham Potter’s side are unlikely to allow him to leave without putting up a fight.

It might take a lucrative contract offer to force Jorginho to stay, though. Should that not happen, the door might be ajar for Barca to come and snatch him from their grasp.

Indeed, they may already have their noses ahead, as Jorginho’s agent has recently been spotted in Barcelona.

Jorginho move dependent on few factors

A potential move to Barcelona is not without its caveats. Sport reports that Frenkie de Jong’s future will have a say in any potential transfer for Jorginho.

While it does not state what exactly that means, should he remain, it is likely that Jorginho may not join. However, the future of Sergio Busquets could also have a say.

The Barcelona legend is nearing the end of his career at Camp Nou. If it is this summer that he moves on, that would mean the Spanish giants would ‘have to secure at least one’ new midfield signing, per the report.

Should that be the case, it could be Jorginho that fills the gap. However, the potential that he will remain at Chelsea should not be overlooked just yet.

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