Chelsea were close to signing midfielder Pjanic

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Chelsea came close to signing Miralem Pjanic before the midfielder joined Barcelona in the summer, shock reports have emerged.

Despite the fact that Jorginho has played a big part in the side this season, there was alot of transfer speculation towards the back-end of the window that we were ready to let the midfielder depart the club.

And that led to rumours in the media that the club were very keen on trying to secure a transfer deal for Pjanic, who is regarded as one of the best midfielders in world football after developing very nicely with the Italian Champions.

According to Fabrizio Romano on the Here We Go podcast, we were very close to completing a deal which involved an exchange between Pjanic and Jorginho.

It’s claimed that Frank Lampard is a huge admirer of Pjanic and was keen for the midfielder to make the move to Stamford Bridge. However, Pjanic turned down the clubs approach as he favoured a switch to Barcelona.

The 30-year-old left Juventus to join Barca in a €65 million (£59m) deal in June, while Brazilian midfielder Arthur made the move the other way to the Serie A champions.

It is a shame that we missed out on the signing of Jorginho as he could have been a world class signing for the club, but now that the window is done, Lampard will need to get this side playing the type of football that many expected.

Jorginho is playing well, so hopefully he manages to keep up his good performances.

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