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Transfer rumor roundup: Italian clubs eye Chelsea, Spurs stars

Transfer rumor roundup

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - 2020/02/25: Jorginho of Chelsea applauds during the UEFA Champions League Round 16 First Leg match between Chelsea and Bayern Munich at Stamford Bridge. Final Score; Chelsea 0:3 Bayern Munich. (Photo by Richard Calver/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

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Italy and London are being linked in Tuesday’s run through the transfer rumor mill.

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A sensational story out of Italy says Juventus could chase Harry Kane if it fails to land primary target Mauro Icardi, the tempestuous but talented Inter Milan striker on loan to Paris Saint-Germain.

Kane, as you imagine, will not come cheap; The report says Spurs want approximately $185 million for the 26-year-old center forward.

That’s a lot of money, but Kane is in his prime and capable of feasting on the spoils of Juve playmaking.

Icardi is a wonderful talent and only five months older than Kane. He’s been rejuvenated in Ligue 1, back to his 20-plus goal pace, but why would Juve rate the Argentine above Kane?

It simply must be price tag related. Kane’s deal runs through 2023/24, while Icardi’s less secure. PSG reportedly has an option to buy on Icardi, so Juve could be looking at its second option quickly.

The London Evening Standard has two stories regarding Jorginho, as Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri is reportedly antsy for a reunion with his star pupil.

Jorginho’s agent has denied that the Italian is interested in heading back to Serie A, saying that there has been no contact from Sarri nor Juve chief officer Fabio Paritici.

“The lad is very happy in London, where he is showing his worth and where he still has three more years on his contract. In fact, in July, there is the possibility of adding a fourth and opening negotiations for a renewal of the contract with Chelsea.”

The Standard also cites an Italian report that says Juve would offer Federico Bernadeschi to the Blues in order to drive down the cost of acquiring Jorginho.

The 26-year-old Bernadeschi has done very little over the past two seasons after a decent first year with Juve following a highly-publicized transfer from Fiorentina. He cost $44 million in 2017.