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Chelsea to sell Jorginho to raise Rice funds

Chelsea are prepared to sell Italian midfielder Jorginho in order to raise the necessary funds to buy Declan Rice.

Frank Lampard has made strengthening his defence one of his main summer priorities and has identified Rice as the ideal man to help plug the gaps at the back.

West Ham have made clear their determination to hang on to Rice this summer, and value him at more than £60 million, but Chelsea believe that they would be willing to listen to the right offer.

And they could be willing to sacrifice the Italian who has been linked with a move back to Serie A and his former boss Maurizio Sarri, the pair having been at Napoli together.

Jorginho’s agent Joao Santos has done little to dampen down speculation that a move for his client could be on the cards this summer saying “Everyone knows there is a very strong rapport between Sarri and Jorginho after five years working together, I’d be a hypocrite to deny that”

It was Sarri who brought Jorginho to Stamford Bridge when he was Chelsea manager.

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