Thursday June 4 2020
Jorginho is Juve's missing piece

As talk of a Jorginho-Federico Bernardeschi swap hots up, Livio Caferoglu explains why the deal would suit both Juventus and Chelsea.

The bubble seems to have finally burst in football, with big-money transfers set to make way for player swaps in the post-pandemic age. Juventus are likely to be at the forefront, given their dire need to streamline a squad with no shortage of deadwood and find the missing piece to their midfield jigsaw. Both factors explain why they are so keen to bring in Jorginho from Chelsea, even if it means giving up on Federico Bernardeschi.

Jorginho is the key to Juve getting the best out of Maurizio Sarri’s reign. The 28-year-old’s face struggled to fit at Napoli until the arrival of the coach in 2015 saw him become a crucial component for the Partenopei, dictating play as their deep-lying playmaker, expertly shielded by Allan and Marek Hamsik. The trio were inseparable for the following three seasons, yet it was the Italo-Brazilian who made the southerners tick.

Inevitably he followed Sarri to Chelsea in the summer of 2018, replacing N’Golo Kante - the Premier League’s best ball-winner - at the base of the Blues’ control room. The move was almost universally panned by English pundits and even saw Jorginho booed by his own fans, but the tactician stuck by him and they went on to win the Europa League together. He has since come into his own under Frank Lampard, proving he is no one-trick pony.

With Miralem Pjanic failing to convince as the ‘regista’ in Turin and agent Joao Santos regularly issuing the Old Lady pleas to make an offer for his client, the role is there for Jorginho’s taking. Whereas Pjanic insists on slowing Juve’s game down and is incapable of pressing high up the pitch, the former Verona man retrieves and recycles possession with razor-sharp efficiency. He also understands exactly what is required from Sarri.

That leaves Bernardeschi, who is in desperate need of a change of scenery. Heralded as Juve’s future when he signed from Fiorentina in 2017 for €40m, his best position remains something of a mystery and he has paid the price for his versatility. Although he excelled as a left-footed right winger at Fiorentina, he has gone on to play in every midfield and attacking position for the Bianconeri, including centre-forward and ‘mezz’ala’.

However, Chelsea are the perfect club on paper for him to realise his potential out wide. The Londoners have failed to replace Eden Hazard and are set to lose both Pedro and Willian on free transfers this summer, which is where Bernardeschi comes in. Powerful, pacey and proficient on the ball, the 26-year-old has what it takes to become a genuine Premier League star and the next Italian icon to grace Stamford Bridge.

There is also the prospect of Lampard restoring Kante to his rightful position of holding midfielder, which will in turn give more space to the likes of Mason Mount and Billy Gilmour breaking through. The imminent arrival of Hakim Ziyech from Ajax will also help fill the creative void left by Jorginho’s move to Juve, albeit in a more advanced position on the field, without taking into account what Bernardeschi can offer as an outlet.

Chelsea may disagree with Juve’s reported €40m valuation of Jorginho, but they will also be aware that they may live to regret passing up on a player who could be their next wing wizard, plus Italy will also stand to benefit from a revitalised Bernardeschi ahead of Euro 2020 next year, as well as their midfield metronome back playing under his mentor. Unlike some of the other exchange deals being floated around, this one makes total sense.

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Have your say...
No way do I want to see Federico be sold/exchanged.. maybe nor Adrien now either.. I'm sure that this is the third consecutive game where Sarri has chosen largely the very same 11.
It's so fitting that Gigi broke the Serie A record in the derby... on Giampiero Boniperti's birth date, and when Ronaldo broke a couple of records (first Juve player to score 25 in a Serie A season since 1961 and his first free kick for us).
I think we need to build around De Ligt, Bentancur and Dybala..Gigio D future
on the 5th July, 2020 at 12:27am
DARi0 @ Arad, Romania
Typing quickly pal - I have a life, I don't actually care how I spell their names, as long as the point is made, good luck to you on your correct spellings of players. It's not about who has the better midfield. Juve need a regista / CM, Tonali fits that bill. Inter are covered with Broz as Regista and Barella CM.

BTW ME - Sensi can't get a game for Inter since his return, how do think he'll start over Barella for Italy?
on the 7th June, 2020 at 6:48am
Why do so many fans of teams say such stupid nonsense?
on the 7th June, 2020 at 12:49am
@ SackSarri

Eriksen slow and weak? Yes I agree but if we're talking about slow and weak then lets not bring up Pjanic who is both slower and weaker than Eriksen. Barella is a much better player than both Ramsey, who is always injured, and Rabiot who is slow in possession and always missing games through poor attitude. Matuidi was great 3 years ago but now his physicality is declining he's a shadow of his former self. I'm a neutral fan and Juve are better overall but Inters mid is better
on the 6th June, 2020 at 7:24pm
Why juventus need this flop? Pjanic is way better than him. If we can’t get a better player like Pogba, keep him. Sack Sarri, an outsider for big clubs. Juven r not 10 points leading just because of him. Stop talking about Inter, a team can’t get out of group stage, a typical Conte’s team.
on the 6th June, 2020 at 1:48pm
@Luca Barella and Sensi r terrible after the comebacks from injury. They r not even good subs at all by the latest performance and most overrated Italian players. Rabiot and Ramsey are average but still way better than the inter duo. Eriksen is as bad as Coutinho, slow and weak, skill is no better than average Serie A, too easy for Serie A defenders. Everyone underestimates Matuidi, he is the guy to balance the middle field unless your players having the same level skill as the peak Barcelona.
on the 6th June, 2020 at 1:39pm
Don't see why Barella has his spot locked up for 4 major tournaments. Sensi is outstanding.

Pogba is not the move for Juventus.

Arthur could be but don't know if he fits, and I wouldn't use him as the DLP.

Pjanic is amazing at DLP..until he isn't, and he's clearly not a real DLP. Limitations showing.

Don't be so confident that Ronaldo will be there next season...probably won't, probably better.
on the 5th June, 2020 at 6:38pm
Don't see what Bernardeschi does that makes him that kind of talent. The idea of being a wing wizard, playing in a 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1 (barf) as a winger requires him to be that good. Never saw him as that kind of special.

They have Ziyech coming in, Pulisic, and could always play Mount there (tho not ideal). I see the value in focusing on Kovacic alongside Kante, but I don't see equal value if trading Jorginho for Bernardeschi.
on the 5th June, 2020 at 6:33pm
@ Dario

I would certainly say Inters midfield is superior to Juves. Pjanic is good but on the decline and not as good as Brozovic anymore. Bentancur has great potential but he's no better or worse than Barella. Rabiot and Ramsey are both average and in Rabiots case has an awful attitude. Sensi and Eriksen have far more quality, Sensi lit up the league at the start of the season and Eriksen has years of proven quality. Matuidi has no technical ability and don't get me started on Khedira
on the 5th June, 2020 at 4:24pm
@MM: FYI - Inter dropped their interest in Vidal, his ship sailed back in January. Ausilio publicly confirmed this. Conte has contract until 2022 and given his insane salary for Serie A, he will probably choose to stay as long as possible, especially that he has Marotta taking care of things. BTW, who are "Erikson" and "Nangolaan"? Are you having a happy Friday? Are you trying to say that the current midfield of Juventus is inferior to Inter`s, so Tonali would have higher chances to start there?
on the 5th June, 2020 at 2:15pm
@Pinturicchio: do you really think mods give 2 cents about your comment? Where do you think you are?! They don`t even bother readin their "news" articles before publishing, as they would probably notice the spelling mistakes and rubbish they write. Yesterday I read about "Emilio Viviani" in the "Inter monitor returning Sepe" article, so there goes your expectation. Rabbit hole was going down to Serie C but somebody stopped it...
on the 5th June, 2020 at 2:07pm
Tonali looks like he's choosing inter = bad choice, inter aren't consistent like Juve, their level is always based on the manager they have, it's all good atm but how long will Conte stay? Broz and Barella have nailed their places, then Erikson Sensi Vecino plus Gagli, plus linked with Vidal and bringing back Nangolaan - seems stacked, Tonali has the ability to start but will he?

Juve suits him better if not then he's better off going going Barca Liverpool Man City Madrid and becoming a star.
on the 5th June, 2020 at 11:42am
Anonymous - Belotti is a good idea, engine, presses well, pacy, clinical and will sacrifice himself for the team which enables freedom to dybala and ronaldo. Belotti has more potential than Higuain if he can go the rest of his career without injury and he's young.
on the 5th June, 2020 at 11:34am
If Juve were to sign a striker this season, I just hope it is going to be Belotti. He is relatively young, not peaked yet, physical, can hold the ball and bring others into play, good in the air, very good at pressing and wining ball, strong grinta and Italian. He fits the bill perfectly. I just don't understand why Juve has not taken any step to get him as they have many bench players that Torino might find interesting for swap plus cash.
on the 5th June, 2020 at 9:57am
I disagree juve top priority should be getting paul Pogba. the mdfield is dying for world class box to box midfielder. bentancur I believe can play that regista role quite me if we can pair Pogba, with Ronaldo and would go back to days when juve had a triple threat of trez, delpiero and nedved. that is what we need to win have a legitimate c.league title chance. have 3 game changers on the field at the same time.
on the 5th June, 2020 at 6:55am

on the 4th June, 2020 at 10:30pm
I want to know WTF the moderators on Football-Italia are doing... I see "Dari0 @ Romania" name-calling and resorting to cheap comments, and I wonder if this is an actual football site, or a troll-infested cancerous forum like 4chan? Otherwise stop acting like you give a damn and allow full use of expletive-laden commenting on articles, that'll help everyone see how deep the rabbit hole goes....
on the 4th June, 2020 at 7:06pm
Juve need more than him. The entire midfield isn't up to it.

Yes, there is a large amount of deadwood in their squad, but they might be hard to shift given their huge wages.

Zaniolo, and one from Verratti/Jorginho could work well with Bentancur.
on the 4th June, 2020 at 4:17pm

Chelsea are no longer the pull they were. Abramovich operates them as a business now, and generally funds his buys with sales. So it's not fantasy now.
on the 4th June, 2020 at 4:14pm
I can see why juBentus wants to get rid of Bernardeschi, a very expensive flop. At the same time, I don`t understand why Chelsea would sell one of their best midfielders, especially for that kind of valuation. This sounds like fantasty talk between juBentini.

@MM: Tonali is going to Inter, mark my words.
on the 4th June, 2020 at 3:27pm
Tonali plus one of Pogba or Veratti would be far better.

Exchanges plus money for either... Tonali can be bought regardless.

Arthur isn't the answer... Jorginho has a ceiling, ultimately he becomes a very good sub for Italy once Tonali has a breakout season because Veratti and Barella have cemented their places for the next major 4 tournaments.

Juve also need a right back.

Then in the future they need to be looking to buy at least one of Chiesa, Zaniolo, Haaland.

And maybe Donnarumma.
on the 4th June, 2020 at 9:59am
I would rather take Aoure he's 6 years younger and Juve already have an aging squad. Jorginho isn't old but he turns 29 in December which means you'll probably only get 3 good years out of him and no resale value if he flops. Aoure could be the in Juves midfield for the best part of 10 years and if he doesn't perform he'll still be young enough in 3 years to get a good fee for him
on the 4th June, 2020 at 9:37am
One of my closest friends (a Chelsea fan) created a story about Jorginho...

On it, Jorginho's wife mentioned Jorginho with a pic + statement about Jorginho... See sauce here:

So this entire rumour (and article) about a swap with Bernardeschi is baseless nonsense.

on the 4th June, 2020 at 7:07am
Pure fantasy. Chelsea aren't giving up Jorginho. He's arguably their most important player.
on the 4th June, 2020 at 6:11am

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