Juventus have switched their attention from Chelsea midfielder Jorginho to Brescia wonderkid Sandro Tonali due to the sacking of Maurizio Sarri, according to reports in Italy.
Sarri brought Jorginho from Napoli to Chelsea during his season in charge in west London and was again reported to be keen on a reunion, this time in Turin, come the summer transfer window.
But after Sarri was sacked on Saturday with two years remaining on his deal following a disastrous Champions League exit at the hands of Lyon in the last-16, the club’s list of midfield targets has been reshuffled.
According to Tuttosport, there is now no interest in signing Jorginho and Andrea Pirlo, successor to Sarri, instead wants the Italian champions to make a push to sign Tonali.
Manchester United and both AC and Inter Milan have been credited with an interest in Tonali with the Italy international catching the eye despite Brescia succumbing to relegation back to Serie B.
Nicknamed ‘the heir to Pirlo’, Tonali, who has often played down such comparisons, made 34 appearances in Serie A this season and caught the eye enough of the man he is consistently compared to.
He has three international caps to date and while Brescia are determined to keep hold of him, relegation to Serie B could force their hand to cash in on one of Italy’s most exciting talents.
Juventus have already agreed deals to sign Dejan Kulusevski from Atalanta and Arthur from Barcelona.
Their Champions League exit to Lyon exposed the need to revitalise this group of players with an increasing reliance on 35-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo. While Tonali is more combative than Pirlo, he represents a young star that could be moulded in his vision.
With Juventus reportedly withdrawing their interest, it raises questions as to whether Jorginho will continue under Frank Lampard at Stamford Bridge.
The Italian produced just two assists in the Premier League in 2019-20 having made 31 appearances.
He started the FA Cup final loss to Arsenal recently and so is still being used by Jorginho but with Mason Mount’s emergence and Lampard’s admiration of young midfielder Billy Gilmour, Jorginho’s long-term future in west London is up for debate.