Barcelona plan pre-contract move for Chelsea midfielder Jorginho

Barcelona are planning a pre-contract move for Chelsea midfielder Jorginho.

The 30-year-old Italy international has just 10 months to run on his Stamford Bridge contract and, unless he agrees new terms in south-west London, he will be available to talk to overseas clubs from January.

Barcelona are looking at potential replacements for Sergio Busquets, who turns 35 next summer and will also be out of contract then.

And the Brazil-born Blues ace is seen by Nou Camp bigwigs as someone who ticks all the boxes to fill the void Busquets will leave, says the Mirror.

The fact Jorginho will be available for nothing if he allows his contract to run down at Chelsea is also a massive plus-point for the Catalan club given their ongoing financial issues.