Jorginho: Ndidi and African players who could replace Chelsea midfielder


  1. Jorginho Chelsea


    Jorginho has been linked away from Premier League club Chelsea, with his agent claiming Juventus, Inter Milan and AC Milan are among the clubs that have shown their interest in him.

    The 29-year-old has, however, debunked the rumours making the rounds, revealing his desire to see out his contract with the Blues.  

    If he decides to leave Stamford Bridge, here are some African players who could replace the Italy international.

  2. Wilfred Ndidi of Leicester City
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    Wilfred Ndidi

    Ndidi has been backed to make a big move by former Nigeria international Dosu Joseph in an interview with Goal.

    The 24-year-old has been delivering consistent performances for Leicester City since joining the Premier League club from Genk in 2017.

    Ndidi is left with three years on his current contract with the Foxes but a move away from King Power Stadium could yet still happen.

    The Super Eagles could serve as a good replacement for Jorginho and form a formidable partnership with N'Golo Kante, who also previously starred for Leicester before his departure from the club. 

  3. Yves Bissouma - Brighton and Hove Albion

    Yves Bissouma

    Bissouma has been in fine form for Brighton and Hove Albion this season, and his performances have seen a number of Premier League clubs jostle for his signature.

    The Mali international has made 36 appearances for the Seagulls in the 2020-21 campaign, scoring two goals, amid other dazzling displays.

    The midfielder has been with Brighton since the summer of 2018 and has two years left on his contract. He could be another good replacement for Jorginho at Chelsea.

  4. Joe Aribo Rangers 2019-20

    Joe Aribo

    Aribo has been turning heads with Rangers since teaming up with the Scottish Premiership side in the summer of 2019.

    The midfielder recently helped Steven Gerrard’s men to win the league title, delivering impressive performances.

    In the 2020-21 season, Aribo has found the back of the net eight times and provided four assists in as many appearances across all competitions.

    His versatility has also been praised by Gerrard recently, but could he could step into the shoes of Jorginho at Chelsea?

  5. Amadou Haidara Red Bull Salzburg Europa League
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    Amadou Haidara

    RB Leipzig midfielder Haidara is another potential Jorginho replacement.

    The Mali international is sought-after by European clubs following his scintillating performances for his Bundesliga side.

    Haidara has been one of the consistent players for Red Bulls this season, featuring in 40 games and scoring six goals across all competitions.

  6. Mohammed Kudus Ajax 2019-20
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    Mohammed Kudus

    Kudus is one of the shining Ghana stars abroad, starring for Dutch side Ajax, but could he be a suitable replacement for Jorginho?

    At only 20, he has become a key member of Erik ten Hag’s side, featuring week-in, week-out for the club, and has made 21 appearances this season across all competitions. 

    Kudus only arrived at the Johan Cruyff Arena last summer from Danish club Nordsjaelland, where he spent two years and delivered eye-catching performances.