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Barcelona Hoping To Swap Pjanic For This Chelsea Midfielder: What Will He Add To Koeman’s Side?

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In a recent report, Sport has mentioned that Barcelona are hoping to swap Miralem Pjanic for Chelsea midfielder Jorginho this summer. It is believed that the Catalan giants have identified the Italian playmaker as a top target and are willing to send Pjanic the other way to bring him to the Nou Camp at the end of this campaign (via Sport).

Jorginho’s Impressive Campaign At Stamford Bridge

Jorginho is experiencing another solid season at West London and has firmly established himself as a top performer in Thomas Tuchel’s first team. The Italian sensation has banged in seven goals and secured two assists in 38 matches for the Blues this term across all competitions.

The former Serie A star has done well to catch the eye in Europe where he is averaging 2.3 tackles, 2.3 interceptions, 1.0 clearances and 0.8 key passes per game in the UEFA Champions League this season. The 29-year-old has even taken care of the ball when distributing possession from midfield after completing 89% of his attempted passes in European football (stats via whoscored).

Jorginho deserves a lot of plaudits for helping Chelsea reach the Champions League final this season, so it is no wonder that Barca are trying to acquire his services during the summer transfer window.

Barcelona hoping to swap Pjanic for Jorginho who is seen in the photo
Real Madrid s Luka Modric l and Chelsea FC s Jorginho during UEFA Champions League Semi-finals 1st leg match. April 27,2021. 20210427647

What Will The Italian Midfield Ace Add To Thomas Tuchel’s Team?

Jorginho has a wide range of passes in his locker and has the ability to spread the play quite well from midfield. He has the vision to cut open the opposition defence but needs to improve his assists tally if he wants to take his game to another level.

The Italian talent can even time his tackles well to earn possession back for his team. He is an excellent penalty taker and can be a threat from long range as he can strike the ball with power and precision. Hence, we can expect him to add a lot of bite and steel to Barca’s midfield department if Koeman can find a way to bring him to the Nou Camp this offseason.

At 29, Jorginho is currently playing at his prime and would serve as a decent, short-term signing for the Catalan giants. He won’t have any trouble settling into Barca’s playing style as he is such a great presence on the ball.

Jorginho has already proven his worth at the highest level and ticks all the right boxes in terms of what Koeman wants from his midfielders. Therefore, the Catalans would be wise to swap Pjanic for someone like the Chelsea star when the transfer window commences later this year.

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