Chelsea make move to sign Matthijs de Ligt

thefootballfaithful.com 10 days ago

Chelsea are interested in a deal to sign Matthijs de Ligt from Juventus, according to reports in Italy.

Thomas Tuchel is looking for defensive reinforcements this summer and has identified De Ligt as a potential transfer target, though Juventus will demand a huge fee for the Netherlands international.

De Ligt signed for Juventus in a €75m deal from Ajax in 2019 and has since made 117 appearances across all competitions for the Italian side.

The 22-year-old is understood to have a release clause of £103m in his contract at the club and Sky Sports are reporting that Juventus will only entertain offers close to that value this summer.

Chelsea’s need for centre-back additions comes after the departures of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen on free transfers, whilst Cesar Azpilicueta has also been linked with a potential exit.

Tuchel is expected to receive significant backing following the takeover of Todd Boehly at Stamford Bridge with the west Londoners also pursuing a deal for Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling.

Boehly has placed himself in charge of transfer dealings after chairman Bruce Buck and sporting director Marina Granovskaia decided to leave the club.

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