Barcelona target Jorginho is stalled with contract negotiations with Chelsea as the Italian midfielder wants a pay rise to reject a move from Barcelona.

The former Napoli midfielder has rejected a proposal from Chelsea to extend his deal at Stamford Bridge, according to a report from Evening Standard, Jorginho is a subject of interest from Barcelona, and he wants a pay rise to stay beyond his current deal at Chelsea.

Chelsea is keen on keeping the midfielder but the Italian midfielder wants a significant pay rise and Chelsea has reportedly offered to extend his contract without increasing his current £120,000-a-week salary.

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Jorginho rejected the proposal, his reason is the recent contract offered to his teammate Cesar Azpilicueta, the wage of the club’s captain was increased to £150,000 per week, and the Italian international wants parity. Chelsea could look into the situation knowing the midfielder’s intention to remain at the club.

N’Golo Kante is in a similar situation the midfielder has rejected new proposals from the club and the new Chelsea owner is not ready to lose both midfielders in the same season. Jorginho could entertain a move to Barcelona in January and the likes of Lazio and Juventus remain keen on bringing him back to Serie A.

Though Chelsea is looking at some worthy replacements with the likes of Jude Bellingham, Edson Alvarez and Declan Rice are some of the players in their sight if they cannot tie down the pair with a new contract at Stamford Bridge.


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