Chelsea playmaker Jorginho is reportedly after at least £150k per week to commit himself to a new deal at Stamford Bridge.
The Italy international midfielder is currently set to become a free agent at the end of the current campaign, leading to continued uncertainty surrounding his long-term future.
Jorginho and his agents are in talks with the West London giants over a new deal, as the 30-year-old is still tied to the terms he signed upon his arrival in 2018.
Talks are still believed to be at an early stage, however, the midfielder’s agent Joao Santos has affirmed that the pair’s priority is to strike an agreement on a new contract with the Blues.
“We are due in June. We prioritise Chelsea and we are moving towards it. Another priority for Jorginho is to do well with the national team,” Santos told Tuttomercatoweb.
La Liga giants, Barcelona are reported to have taken an interest in Jorginho, and while Santos has suggested that he might have discussed the 30-year-old with other teams, he has insisted that travelling to various parts of the world is simply his job.
“I work in football, I have been to Barcelona, Madrid and Valencia, but also in other parts such as Lyon. I’m Jorginho’s agent, I may have talked about him but also about others,” Santos added.
Now, a report from the Evening Standard suggests that the Blues and Jorginho have not been able to find common ground in talks yet, and the midfielder’s pay packet is the roadblock.
The report suggests that the Blues want to keep Jorginho on a wage similar to his current £120,000 per week deal, however, the Italian has asked for more.
Jorginho supposedly wants to earn as much as £150,000 per week at Stamford Bridge, which would take him to level with club captain Cesar Azpilicueta, who extended his Chelsea deal earlier this year.