Santos has said before that there is interest in the Chelsea midfielder from big European clubs. However, speaking with Italian website Calciomercato, Santos stated that the football economy being shaken up as much as it has by COVID-19, it will be unlikely that clubs can afford him.
He said: “The price has certainly increased in recent years, in London he did well and played for the national team. He has accumulated a lot of experience in the Champions League and in the Europa League.
“I think it is very difficult that an offer for Jorginho will arrive, there is not a team that at this particular moment can make this type of investment.”
Jorginho has featured in 26 of Chelsea’s 30 Premier League games this season. The Italian international has played the second-most minutes of all midfielders at Chelsea this campaign. Only attacking midfielder Mason Mount has more.
Should a good offer come in, there is plenty of midfield depth to justify accepting it. Matteo Kovačić, N’golo Kante and the returning Ruben Loftus-Cheek are all solid options.
Then there are young talents, Billy Gilmour and loanee Connor Gallagher that are both capable of filling in.
Kovačić and Kante have shared the bulk of the minutes beside Jorginho in the middle of the park. While Gilmour’s impressive performances for Chelsea’s PL2 team and Premier League cameos have earned him a nomination in the 2020 Golden Boy award.
However with Jorginho’s contract running until 2023, Chelsea don’t need to sell him. And with Santos suggesting clubs won’t be able to pay what he’s worth, why would they?