The Daily Telegraph - Business : 2020-08-07

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Sport Football

7 The Daily Telegraph Friday 7 August 2020 *** Sport Football Jorginho exit may pave way for Rice bid By Matt Law Pass master Sarri open to a reunion with midfielder at Juventus Chelsea turn to £65m-rated West Ham talent to fill void Where midfielder was most effective Successful in opposition’s half* 2,660 2,433 2,340 2,314 2,213 passes Jorginho Jorginho’s agent has left the door open for the midfielder to join Juventus in a move that could help fund a Chelsea bid for Declan Rice. Chelsea are unlikely to stand in Jorginho’s way if Juventus make an attractive offer, given his limited playing time since the restart. Head coach Frank Lampard is interested in bringing Rice back to Chelsea, where he started in the academy, but West Ham United will demand at least £65 million. Rice is also thought to be keen on a move to Stamford Bridge, although he is unlikely to make any attempt to try to force his way out of West Ham, given his close relationsh­ip with the club. That means Chelsea will need to make a big bid to stand any chance of convincing West Ham to sell their prized asset, and cashing in on Jorginho would help them do that. Jorginho joined Chelsea, along with former head coach Maurizio Sarri, from Napoli for £50million two years ago. Despite a tough introducti­on to England, the 28-yearold has displayed his ability. But there remains a feeling that Jorginho’s talent remains best suited to Italy, where Sarri is believed to be interested in working with him again at Juventus. Asked about Sarri’s interest in signing his client, Jorginho’s agent, Joao Santos, did not deny that a Andrew Robertson Ilkay Gundogan Walker David Silva Kyle *Data since 2018-19 season move could be a possibilit­y. “Sarri has never called Jorginho about Juventus. We have never had contact with Sarri,” Santos said. “Everyone knows there is a very strong rapport between Sarri and Jorginho after five years together, but Jorginho has three years left on his Chelsea deal.” Chelsea are not planning any overseas travel as part of their preseason plans. The club are likely to mirror the improvised schedule they organised ahead of the restart of this campaign, which means friendlies largely will be against local opposition. The club had been due to tour the United States, but travel and accommodat­ion had not been booked League last-16 tie against Bayern Munich tomorrow. Lampard is without Jorginho and Marcos Alonso through bans, while Cesar Azpilicuet­a, Christian Pulisic and Pedro are out with injuries. N’Golo Kante was only fit enough for the substitute­s’ bench for last Saturday’s FA Cup final, while it remains to be seen whether Willian will be risked ahead of his anticipate­d move to Arsenal. or paid for ahead of the coronaviru­s shutdown, so that trip was shelved. Chelsea travel to Munich today for the second leg of their Champions In brief

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