It doesn’t matter how many times João Santos comes out and says he hasn’t been contacted about his client, Chelsea’s Jorginho, rumours will still swirl about a reunion with Maurizio Sarri in Italy.

The Italy international has worked with the now Juventus managed both at Napoli and at Stamford Bridge, and while there has been no direct indication a transfer is on the cards, the speculation is still rife.

Jorginho appears happy under Frank Lampard and has been given an important role by the manager over the course of the 2019-20 campaign, yet he didn’t feature in the first game back from the Covid-19 break against Aston Villa.

That was due to suspension, but he will now be expected to return for the big clash against Manchester City on Thursday evening.

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Speaking to about his client, Santos once again tried to clear the air.

He said: “It will be a strange market because nobody knows when it will return to normal. If we play the next league without fans, nobody will be able to afford to do deals. The next season could be behind closed doors, and that’s a big deal. Chelsea have already spent because they weren’t able to buy last year.

“The price in recent years for Jorginho has certainly increased. He has done well in London and played for the national team. He is now the vice-captain at Chelsea and has accumulated a lot of experience in the Champions League and the Europa League. I think it’s very difficult for an offer to come in for Jorginho. There isn’t a team at this moment that can make this type of investment at this time”.

We will have to see, but we all know that if the Blues were to ever sell the former Napoli midfielder, they would want to do so at a profit.

The midfielder arrived from the Serie A side back in July 2018 for a fee of £51m and has since made 91 appearances for Chelsea, scoring nine goals and assisting another two.