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Jorginho’s agent Joao Santos has admitted the midfielder could look to leave Chelsea if they are unable to renew his deal this summer.

The club are currently not allowed to buy or sell any player, nor extend the deals of any of the current members of Thomas Tuchel’s squad following the sanctions imposed on Roman Abramovich by the UK government.

Italy midfielder Jorginho, 30, sees his contract at Stamford Bridge expire in the summer of 2023, and his agent confirmed his ‘priority’ is to extend his deal in west London.

Jorginho's agent has admitted the midfielder could look to leave Chelsea if sanctions continue

Jorginho's agent has admitted the midfielder could look to leave Chelsea if sanctions continue

Jorginho’s agent has admitted the midfielder could look to leave Chelsea if sanctions continue

The Italy midfielder's contract with Thomas Tuchel's men expires in the summer of 2023

The Italy midfielder's contract with Thomas Tuchel's men expires in the summer of 2023

The Italy midfielder’s contract with Thomas Tuchel’s men expires in the summer of 2023

However, Santos also added a number of teams are interested in his client’s services, including Serie A giants Juventus, which could come into play if no interested party is able to buy the club.

‘I haven’t talked to Juve, but I know of their interest in Jorginho,’ Santos told Italian outlet Calciomercato.

‘We have a contract with Chelsea until 2023 and it is a particular moment for the club, where there are no negotiations, also because the market is blocked both in entry and in exit.

‘If the situation unfolds, the priority will be to deal with the renewal. 

But the club cannot extend any player's deal currently after Roman Abramovich was sanctioned

But the club cannot extend any player's deal currently after Roman Abramovich was sanctioned

But the club cannot extend any player’s deal currently after Roman Abramovich was sanctioned

‘Should Chelsea fail to renew their contract, then we will listen to all the teams involved. ‘

Jorginho has been linked with a return to Italy on numerous occasions over the course of the past 12 months, having made 179 appearances for the Blues since signing in a £50million deal from Napoli in 2018.

But the most pressing matter regarding his future is whether Chelsea can lift the current sanctions imposed on them by finding and then confirming a new owner to replace Abramovich, who was sanctioned amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Sportsmail revealed on Thursday night the bidding window for Chelsea will close at 9pm on Friday with a shortlist of offers set to be finalised by the start of next week.

The midfielder's agent insists Juventus are interested but insists no talks have taken place

The midfielder's agent insists Juventus are interested but insists no talks have taken place

The midfielder’s agent insists Juventus are interested but insists no talks have taken place

The bidding window for potential suitors hoping to buy Chelsea is set to close at 9pm on Friday

The bidding window for potential suitors hoping to buy Chelsea is set to close at 9pm on Friday

The bidding window for potential suitors hoping to buy Chelsea is set to close at 9pm on Friday

Merchant bank the Raine Group, who are advising Chelsea with the sale, will call time on the bidding period at 5pm US time and start the process of whittling down the offers to a shortlist. Sources claim the shortlist will feature a maximum of four bids.

The urgency for a quick sale given the financial pressures Chelsea have found themselves since Abramovich’s sanctioning last week has been stressed to all parties involved in the process.

A new bidder emerged on Thursday after London investment firm Aethel Partners, headed by co-founder Ricardo Silva, claimed to have submitted an offer in-excess of £2billion with a pledge of pumping £50m straight into the club to safeguard Chelsea’s immediate future.

BATTLE FOR THE BRIDGE – THE SEVEN LEADING CONTENDERS 

Hansjorg Wyss, Todd Boehly and Jonathan Goldstein

Wyss has been widely viewed as a front-runner from the outset as he was the man who first alerted the world to the fact that Abramovich was actively looking to sell Chelsea in a remarkable interview with Swiss newspaper Blick.

The 86-year-old has since teamed up with American businessman Boehly, who had a £2.2bn offer rejected by Abramovich three years ago, and Londoner Goldstein, whose American investment company Cain Hoy failed in an attempt to buy Tottenham eight years ago. 

The trio have secured funding for a bid close to £2.5bn, but it is unlikely to be the highest offer. The consortium followed the example of other bidders by adding two well-known Chelsea fans to their team, with American PR executive Barbara Charone and British journalist Daniel Finkelstein endorsing their bid. 

Charone is a heavyweight within the music industry, having worked with the likes of Madonna, Rod Stewart and Depeche Mode, and has been a Chelsea season-ticket holder since 1981. Finkelstein is also a lifelong Chelsea fan who became a member of the House of Lords in 2013.

Woody Johnson 

The New York Jets owner’s mooted £2billion bid has attracted some scepticism due to his links to Donald Trump, but his advisers have pointed out that his existing connections to the UK could be a source of strength. 

The 74-year-old heir to the Johnson & Johnson pharmaceutical fortune served as US Ambassador to the UK under Trump between 2017 and 2021, while his American football franchise have been eagerly promoting themselves in Europe for some time. 

Johnson is planning to cement a strong relationship between the two clubs if his bid for Chelsea is successful. Despite stepping away from the day-to-day running of the Jets while an ambassador, Johnson would be directly involved if he buys Chelsea.  

Lord Coe and Sir Martin Broughton

Former British Airways chairman Broughton confirmed his intention to bid for Chelsea last weekend without revealing the source of funds, with Lord Coe a surprise addition to his team this week. Broughton had a brief spell as chairman of Liverpool in 2010 when he was brought to Anfield to facilitate the sale of the club to Fenway Sports Group. 

Lord Coe is a Chelsea fan with links to the current regime, giving advice as a consultant to the club. He enjoys a particularly close relationship with Blues chairman Bruce Buck, which could influence Roman Abramovich, and also boasts ties with the Government after serving first as a Conservative MP and later as a member of the House of Lords.

Tom Ricketts and Ken Griffin

Since buying the Chicago Cubs for £650million 13 years ago, the Ricketts family, including Tom, have quadrupled the value of the baseball franchise and ended a 108-year wait for a World Series title. But their investment has been prudent and in order to ensure profitability they have not splashed the cash in the manner of Abramovich at Chelsea.

Given this approach, the decision to team up with hedge fund manager Ken Griffin could prove crucial to their chances of success — the Republican Party donor’s current fortune is estimated to be £21bn.

Saudi Media Group

The Saudi bid of £2.7bn lodged at the start of the week was one of the first to go in and is expected to be the biggest. SMG are owned by Mohamed Alkhereiji, who claims to have developed a love for Chelsea while working as an analyst for Deutsche Bank in London after studying in the capital. 

Despite being the biggest media company in Saudi Arabia with annual revenues of £770million, it is clear they will require significant backing from elsewhere. The sources of that funding are unclear, although it has been claimed on the behalf that they would not benefit from any state investment.

The nature of their funding is likely to be the key to their bid given the controversy that has surrounded the Public Investment Fund’s purchase of Newcastle last year, and the potential for conflicts of interest. 

The Premier League would take a close interest if SMG emerge as preferred bidders, which could derail the timetable of the takeover given they took 17 weeks to sign off on the Newcastle sale — a potential stumbling block. 

Aethel Partners

The private equity firm became the latest potential investors to declare their hand, lodging a £2bn bid with The Raine Group along with a business plan designed to appeal to Chelsea supporters.

In addition to pledging £50m immediately to help the club cope with their short-term cash-flow problems, they also emphasised their determination to keep hold of manager Thomas Tuchel — who amid the uncertainty surrounding the club’s future has attracted strong interest from Manchester United — as well as a long-term plan to redevelop Stamford Bridge on its existing site. 

Chelsea’s planning permission for the rebuild planned by Abramovich has elapsed, but all the potential buyers recognise that a new stadium is essential if the club is to be run as a profitable business, which they have not managed for decades. Aethel have an HQ in London and were founded in 2014 by Portuguese businessman Ricardo Santos Silva and American Aba Schubert.

 

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