The midfielder is up against his team-mate Kante and Manchester City playmaker De Bruyne for the award after UEFA whittled down their shortlist to three contenders.
The likes of Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski, who won it last year, were both overlooked as the three Premier League players got the nod – and now reports claim it will be Jorginho who will take home the highly-coveted gong.
Jorginho is set to be named UEFA’s Player of the Year at Thursday’s Champions League draw
Jorginho will have beaten off competition from Kevin De Bruyne and N’Golo Kante if he wins it
Tuttomercatoweb report that sources close to UEFA have told them Jorginho will be named the winner at Thursday’s Champions League draw in Istanbul after beating off competition from Kante and De Bruyne.
The 29-year-old enjoyed a sensational campaign in Europe last season and played an instrumental role in helping Chelsea claim Champions League glory.
Jorginho and Kante’s partnership was a huge strength for Chelsea as they went on to lift the trophy against the odds after defeating Manchester City in last season’s final in Porto.
The Chelsea midfielder’s year got even better when two months later he won the European Championships with Italy after playing in every match.
He is now set to be rewarded for his sublime performances over the past 12 months by being named the best player in the Champions League for last season, which will boost his hopes of also claiming the prestigious Ballon d’Or.
The Chelsea midfielder recently won the Champions League and European Championships
Roberto Lewandowski was named UEFA’s best player for last season but missed out this year
Ballon d’Or odds
Lionel Messi 4/11
Robert Lewandowski 6/1
N’Golo Kante 8/1
Kylian Mbappe 10/1
Cristiano Ronaldo 16/1
Lorenzo Insigne 16/1
Kevin De Bruyne 16/1
If it transpires that Jorginho is crowned the winner of that prize, he would become only the second player other than Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to win it since 2008 after Luka Modric scooped the award three years ago.
The Italy star is currently fourth-favourite with the bookies to win the Ballon d’Or, behind only Messi, Lewandowski and team-mate Kante.
With Jorginho cementing his place among the best midfielders in the world in the last year, Chelsea are also said to be planning to reward him by tabling a new long-term contract.
According to Fabrizio Romano, Jorginho is one of several first-team players Chelsea want to tie down and club chiefs are expected to sit down with the player and his representatives in the coming weeks and months to propose a new contract.
The Euro 2020 winner has already underlined his importance to Chelsea this term with strong displays in all three of their matches, helping the club to win the UEFA Super Cup and make a perfect start to the new Premier League season.
Jorginho will now have his hopes boosted of winning the prestigious Ballon d’or later this year
Luka Modric is the only player other than Messi and Ronaldo to have won the prize since 2008