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Chelsea transfer news: Jorginhos future once again becomes the talk of the town and the timing couldnt be worse.

Chelseas Italian midfielder Jorginho arrives to attend a team training session at Chelseas Cobham training facility

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Its a little like groundhog day for Graham Potter. The footballing clich would always state that the next game is the most important, but one week on from maybe one of the biggest victories in his career to date and it will be largely in veinif Chelsea dont get something from San Siro tonight.

The new boss was tasked with getting a tune from his players in the Champions League at Stamford Bridge in the first game of the decisive double-header, and Chelsea didnt disappoint, walking over AC Milan to win 3-0 in a dominant display.

With just four points from the first three games though, its still not plain sailing.Chelsea will need at least one point from the away trip this evening to ensure they are best placed to finish in the top two of the group. Much like RB Salzburg was Potters biggest game, and Crystal Palace was also decisive, AC Milan at home was huge but now the away tie is almost certainly the biggest test. Thats the expectation at Chelsea, to win every game.

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In the build-up to matches like this,Potter will be hopeful of a clean run into the game. Hes already having to deal with injuries that are forcing his hand slightly, but ahead of the match against the Italian champions there has been an early distraction.

With Jorginhos contract running out next summer, and more importantly he is available to negotiate a free move away in January, speculation regarding his future was always likely to bump up. Just like Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger, the Italian could yet leave Chelsea for nothing. NGolo Kante is in a similar situation, and although there hasnt t been the same contractual fight to get Jorginho to sign, losing him for free would be a kick.

It is now, in the build-up to the World Cup - a tournament that Jorginho wont be at as Italy missed out on qualification - that the big decisions need to be made, and according tofootmercato, his agent may well have made a move.

Reports state that Joao Santos was spotted in Barcelona this week, and although that could be for many reasons, it is distracting for Potter as the Catalan side were one of several to register interest in the 30-year-olds signature this summer.

In a move to replace Sergio Busquets, as well as make use of the free transfer market, Xavis side have earmarked Jorginho, making his agents latest destination one of interest.Alongside consistent options in Italy, a place that is often spoken about by Santos as a return transfer for Jorginho, Barcelona have offered a high-profile alternative as Chelsea debate the logic in renewing his deal.

Potter himself may have some say in this too but only has a short period of time to come to any conclusions as he attempts to utilise the Italian on the pitch, get the best out of him, maintain fitness but also decipher if he is a long-term option at the club. The same can be said for Kante, but speculation regarding his departure is a lot quieter, and his agent hasnt been seen in Barcelona ahead of a key Champions League clash.

Ultimately,Jorginho has always done a decent job at performing on the pitch whilst his agent creates noise around him, but its not the ideal backdrop for Potter.

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