Chelsea are interested in Juventus central defender Matthias de Ligt, reported The sky in Italy.
The 22-year-old Dutch defender has a € 103 million (€ 120 million) release clause in his contract with Juventus, which expires in 2024, and the club will only accept offers close to that value.
Juventus club bosses met with De Ligt agent Rafaela Pimenta on Thursday, mainly to discuss Paul Pogba’s potential return to Turin.
Chelsea are looking for defensive reinforcements in this transfer window after seeing Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen leave after their contracts expire.
Juventus have agreed to pay an initial fee of 75 million euros (67.8 million British pounds) for five financial years of Ajax for De Ligt in 2019, making it the most expensive defender in the history of the Italian champions.
De Ligt, the youngest Ajax captain in history, led the club from the Eredivisie to doubling the national league and cup that same year, as well as to the Champions League semi-finals, where they lost to Tottenham in the final seconds in Amsterdam.
He has played 87 times for Juventus in Serie A, winning the division in 2019/20, although they have not advanced past the last 16 in the Champions League.
“The deal with Lukaku means that Chelsea can push the game in incoming”
Sky Sports News chief reporter Cave Solhekol:
“The deal will be concluded and Lukaku also gets his desire. He returns to Inter Milan. Apparently Chelsea paid £ 97.5 million for him and that move didn’t work out. Inter are paying a loan fee of £ 7 million and he is also reducing his salary by around 35 per cent to return to Inter as this is what he wants to do.
“The good news for Chelsea is that this situation has been settled, as they can really push the game when it comes to signing players. We know they want to sign with a central defender because Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rüdiger have left.
“Sky Italy tells us that they are very interested in signing with the central defender of Juventus Matthias de Ligt. His situation is a bit complicated, as his contract has two years left, but Chelsea would like to sign it. He has a release clause, which is about 120 million euros – there is no way for Chelsea to pay so much money for him.
“Another defender they are interested in is Jules Kund in Seville. They have been trying to sign it for a very long time – I would not be surprised if there were serious changes in this aspect. They are interested in Richardson, Rafinyathe long-term goal Declan Rice which would be very difficult to sign, but now that Lukaku is settled, expect to see a lot of deals with Chelsea. “
The Chelsea match: first Everton to Lampard, then the Spurs
Chelsea started the 2022/23 season with a trip to Everton by Frank Lampard live Sky Sports before hosting London’s Spurs rival in their first home game.
Thomas Tuchel’s team will face the Blues legend Lampard in Goodison Park on August 6, starting at 5.30 pm, before Tottenham visit Stamford Bridge a week later.
Chelsea will host Liverpool in West London on September 17, Manchester United on October 22 and Arsenal on November 5.
Their last match before the one-month break for the World Cup is away in Newcastle and they continue their campaign on Boxing Day against the newly promoted Bournemouth.
Chelsea travel to Tottenham on 25 February and Arsenal on 29 April, the latter being the start of a great last five games, including Manchester City as a guest on the penultimate weekend of the season and Newcastle at home on the last day.
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