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Barcelona are “Jorginho and could move in January” with Xavi keen on the Chelsea midfielder

Chelsea midfielder Jorginho is reportedly on the radar of La Liga giants Barcelona, ​​who could be eyeing a replacement for aging Sergio Busquets.

The Italy international is in the final year of his contract with Stamford Bridge and could be available at a reduced price should he agree to a new contract with the club.

The Catalans are keeping tabs on his situation at the Blues and are considering a January swoop for him, according to The Sun.

It is also suggested that Barcelona could sign the 30-year-old, which is permissible as he would be with a foreign club in the last six months of his contract.

Jorginho faces a battle at Chelsea to become a figure in new manager Graham Potter’s plans, as does the entire team as they try to impress the new boss.

Since joining the west Londoners from Serie A from Napoli in 2018, he has made 196 appearances for the club, scoring 27 goals.

The report suggests that Barcelona coach Xavi is looking for a replacement for Busquests who is nearing the end of his career at 34.

The Spain midfielder is also in his final year of contract and could leave the Nou Camp on a free transfer at the end of the season if terms between him and the club are not extended.

Busquets has won everything at Barcelona during his 14-year tenure in the club’s first-team, having progressed through the club’s academy.

Jorginho would settle in quickly at Barcelona as he would link up with former teammates Andreas Christensen and Marcos Alonso, both of whom joined the LaLiga club in the summer.

Xavi fell through with a summer signing of Manchester City star Bernardo Silva and Jorginho could be seen as a cheaper alternative to the Portugal international.

However, the Barcelona manager is not currently managing a weak midfield as the club have managed to keep Manchester United transfer target Frenkie De Jong despite several offers from Old Trafford over the summer.

Barcelona currently sit at the top of LaLiga after winning five of their opening six games of the league season, although Real Madrid are a point behind with a game in hand.

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