Chelsea are interested in Juventus center-back Matthijs de Ligt, he reports Heaven in Italy.
The 22-year-old Dutch defender has a £ 103m (€ 120m) release clause in his contract with Juventus, which expires in 2024, and the club will only entertain deals close to that mark.
Juventus leaders met with De Ligt agent Rafaela Pimenta on Thursday, mainly to talk about the potential return of Paul Pogba to Turin.
Chelsea are looking for defensive reinforcements in this transfer window, having seen Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen leave as their contracts expire.
Juventus agreed to pay an initial fee of € 75m (£ 67.8m) over five financial years to Ajax for De Ligt in 2019, making him the most expensive defender in the history of the Italian top flight.
De Ligt, Ajax’s youngest ever captain, led the Eredivisie club to the league and cup double that year, as well as taking them to the Champions League semi-finals where they lost to Tottenham in the closing seconds. Amsterdam.
He played 87 times with Juve in Serie A, winning the championship in 2019/20 even though he didn’t make it past the round of 16 of the Champions League.
“The agreement with Lukaku means that Chelsea can press on the incoming game”
Sky Sports News Chief Reporter Kaveh Solhekol:
“The deal will be concluded and Lukaku he is also fulfilling his wish. He is returning to Inter. Obviously, Chelsea paid £ 97.5m for him and the move didn’t work. Inter are paying a £ 7 million loan and are also taking a salary cut of around 35% to return to Inter because that’s what he wants to do.
“It is good news for Chelsea that this situation has been resolved as they can now really press the game when it comes to signing players. We know they want to sign a central defender because Andrea Christensen And Antonio Rudiger have left.
Sky Italia tells us that it is very interested in signing the Juventus central defender Matthijs de Ligt. His situation is a bit complicated as he still has two years left on his contract but Chelsea would like to sign him. He has a release clause that is around 120 million euros: there is no way Chelsea would pay that kind of money for him.
“Another defender they are interested in is Jules Koundé in Seville. They’ve been trying to hire him for a long time, I wouldn’t be surprised if there were any major developments on that front. They are interested Richarlison, Rafinhathe long-term goal Declan Rice that it would be very difficult to sign, but now that Lukaku has been resolved, expect to see a lot of deals made by Chelsea. “
Chelsea matches: first Lampard’s Everton, then Spurs
Chelsea kicked off the 2022/23 season with a live trip to Frank Lampard’s Everton Sky Sports before hosting London rivals Spurs in their first home game.
Thomas Tuchel’s side will face a reunion with Blues legend Lampard at Goodison Park on August 6, at 5.30pm, before Tottenham visits Stamford Bridge a week later.
Chelsea will host Liverpool in West London on 17 September, Manchester United on 22 October and Arsenal on 5 November.
Their last game before a month’s World Cup hiatus is away to Newcastle, and they continue their Boxing Day campaign against newly promoted Bournemouth.
Chelsea will travel to Tottenham on 25 February and Arsenal on 29 April, with the latter starting their last five games, including Manchester City away on the penultimate weekend of the season and Newcastle at home in the last. day.
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