Joao Santos, the agent of Chelsea midfielder Jorginho, has doubled down on his belief the Italian could leave the club this summer but insists his ‘priority’ is to stay.

Jorginho joined Chelsea from Napoli last season, joining former manager Maurizio Sarri in making the move.

His first season in England proved to be a testing one, with many of the problems of Sarri’s reign placed squarely on the midfielder’s shoulders.

He’s improved dramatically this season, playing a pivotal role in an impressive first year under Frank Lampard.

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Earlier this week he suggested his client could be on the move again this summer, hinting that Juventus, now managed by Sarri, could be keen and they would discuss it with Chelsea.

Those comments caused something of a stir, and he has now moved to clarify his and his client’s position.

“Anything can happen inside the transfer market,” he told Tutto Juve.

“The ‘why not?’ means that Jorginho has a three-year contract with Chelsea, the priority is clearly to stay here, but we could also consider leaving the club in July.

“And if this hypothesis occurs, we would be ready to evaluate the different proposals that will come from “Italy, France, England. Why should Juventus not be possible?

“It is the most important team in Italy, the one that has won the most in recent years. We would not say no to the Bianconeri.”

Rumours linking Jorginho with a move to Juventus are nothing new, with Sarri’s presence at the Italian giants making them something of an inevitability.

The Italian boss has a close working relationship with the Chelsea midfielder, who was the heartbeat of his highly regarded Napoli side.

Indeed, it was Sarri who helped mould Jorginho into the player he is, and Sousa says because of this, the links to Juventus are to be expected.

“It’s normal because Sarri was Jorge’s coach at both Napoli and Chelsea.”

“In these four years he has been fundamental in his game, he knows the mechanisms very well, and that’s why they talk about it.

“If Juventus – who owns a very important squad – should he need it and Chelsea would be available for sale, we could certainly evaluate their proposal.

“And then it would be up to the companies to find the agreement.”

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The rumours about a move to the Bianconeri are only likely to increase as the summer transfer window rolls closer, particularly with Jorginho set for a place in Italy’s squad at Euro 2020.

Should he star for Roberto Mancini’s side, it may convince Sarri to make his move and be reunited with the 28-year-old for the third time.

For now, he remains at Chelsea, and Sousa insists Juventus will have to talk to them before any potential move can happen.

“Nobody from Juve, neither today nor in the past, has contacted me to talk about him,” he added.

“The company has to talk to whoever has the card, it’s not that talking to me can change that much.”