Barcelona ‘ready to offer’ £52m signing for Chelsea’s Jorginho in player swap

Barcelona are exploring the possibility of swapping Miralem Pjanic for Chelsea midfielder Jorginho this summer, according to reports in Spain.

Pjanic, 31, only moved to the Nou Camp in a swap deal last summer, with Barca forking out £52million to sign him from Juventus and then offloading Arthur Melo in the opposite direction for £62million.

Nevertheless, the Bosnian has endured a disappointing debut season in Catalonia, failing to impress Ronald Koeman and, as a result, finding himself on the periphery of his squad.

According to Spanish outlet Sport, Chelsea are monitoring his situation and have launched an enquiry about his availability this summer.

It is believed Barca are hoping to include Jorginho in the deal as part of a plan dubbed 'Operation Pjanic', as the club are huge admirers of him.

Catalans chiefs view Pjanic as a strong financial asset, but with a hefty transfer fee highly unlikely amid the coronavirus pandemic they are instead keen to bring a player of proven quality in return.

And Jorginho, who has played a key part in Chelsea's run to the Champions League final this season, is understood to be their top target.

The Italy international struggled for consistency earlier in the campaign under Frank Lampard, only for his form to drastically improve since Thomas Tuchel replaced him in the hot-seat.

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  • Given he is two years Pjanic's junior, Chelsea are unlikely to sanction a straight swap for Jorginho, who joined them for a fee worth £50million back in 2018.

    Barca would likely have to make it a player-plus-cash deal for the Blues to be interested, although the player himself is said to have no intention of leaving before his contract expires in 2023.

    Amid reports linking his client with a return to Italy, Jorginho's agent Jorge Santos told Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli last month: "He will stay at Chelsea.

    "He still has a two-year contract with the English club and is only focused on finishing the season in the best possible way."

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