Juventus have turned their attention from Chelsea star Jorginho to Brescia wonderkid Sandro Tonali due to the sacking of the Italian manager Maurizio Sarri, according to reports in Italy.
Maurizio brought Jorginho from Napoli to Chelsea during his campaign in charge in west London and was again reported to be interested in a reunion, this time in Turin, come the summer transfer market.
But after Maurizio was sacked on Saturday with two years remaining on his contract following a disastrous UCL exit at the hands of Lyon in the last-16, the club’s list of midfield targets has been reshuffled.
According to Tuttosport, there is now no interest in landing Jorginho and Andrea Pirlo, successor to Maurizio, instead wants the Italian champions to make a push to land Tonali.
Manchester United and both AC Milan and Inter Milan have been credited with an interest in Sandro with the Italy international catching the eye in spite of Brescia succumbing to relegation back to Serie B.
Nicknamed ‘the heir to Pirlo’, Sandro, who has often played down such comparisons, made 34 appearances in the top-flight this season and caught the eye enough of the man he is consistently compared to.
With Bianconeri reportedly withdrawing their interest, it raises questions as to whether Jorginho will continue under Frank Lampard at Chelsea.
The Italo-Brazilian produced just two assists in the PL in 2019-20 having made 31 appearances.
The star started the FA Cup final loss to Arsenal recently and so is still being used by the midfielder but with Mason Mount’s emergence and Frank’s admiration of young midfielder Billy Gilmour, the former Napoli man’s long-term future in west London is up for debate.
Chelsea are reportedly lining up Ajax stars Nicolas Tagliafico and Andre Onana as cheaper alternatives to Ben Chilwell and Jan Oblak.
The Blues are looking to strengthen their squad with a host of new signings this summer but currently look set to pay over the odds for their top targets.
Chelsea have already secured the signings of Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech, with the pair arriving at the club for a combined total of £86.4 million.
Frank Lampard has now turned his attention to playmaker Kai Havertz, with the German star already agreeing to personal terms ahead of a move.
Blues chief Marina Granovskaia is believed to be in negotiations with Bayer Leverkusen regarding a transfer fee, but Kai is not likely to be the last big-name targeted.
The Blues are desperate for defensive reinforcements this summer with left-back a priority, while Frank also wants to replace No1 Kepa Arrizabalaga.
The Daily Mirror acknowledge Bn and Jan as first-choice signings but suggest hefty price tags may force Chelsea to shop around.
Leicester could demand as much as £80 million for Chilwell, which would match the fee Manchester United paid for Harry Maguire last year when they made the centre-half the world’s most expensive defender.
And the latest report claims Atletico Madrid management value Oblak at £100 million, although there have been suggestions his xit clause could even be as much as £110 million.
Nicolas and Andre are therefore considered much more affordable options, valued at around £22.5 million and £30 million respectively.
AC Milan are reportedly looking for reinforcements in midfield, and the club appear to have turned to a familiar name in Chelsea’s Tiemoue Bakayoko.
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport (via Calciomercato.it), the France international has very clear ideas: his first choice is certainly to return to Milan this summer.
The Frenchman – after his loan to AS Monaco expired – has returned to the Blues but is not part of the plans of the London side. This time, it is expected that the west Londoners will only let him leave outright and not on loan.
The paper adds that the Blues would like at least €20 million for the 26-year-old star, who enjoyed a successful loan spell at I Rossoneri in 2018-19 under Gennaro Gattuso.
Thomas Tuchel’s Paris Saint-Germain continue to be keen, but the player still prefers the Milan-based outfit.
An obstacle for the club, however, is represented by salary: if Tiemoue wants to return to Milan, he’ll have to reduce it from the current €4 million a year.
Meantime, Chelsea are allegedly set to spend £200 million during this summer’s transfer window, in spite of already completing deals for Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner.
The Blues have boosted their attacking variants for next season by bringing both Ziyech and Werner to the club, while Bayer Leverkusen playmaker Kai Havertz continues to be linked with a switch to Stamford Bridge.
According to The Mirror, manager Frank Lampard wants at least three more signings this summer, with Leicester City defender Ben Chilwell and West Ham United’s Declan Rice priorities alongside Kai.