Speculation on the future of Matthijs De Ligt is widening. After Chelsea reportedly also interested in the defender belonging to Juventus .
In recent years, De Ligt has been touted as one of the best young defenders in the world. The defender showed a pretty impressive performance in the Juventus defense.
Recently, the defender’s agent, Mino Raiola, sparked speculation regarding the defender’s future. Raiola says De Ligt has the potential to leave Juventus next season.
There are several top European clubs who are interested in securing the services of De Ligt. Fichajes claims that Chelsea is one of the teams that are interested in the services of the Dutch national team player.
Need a centre-back
According to the report, Chelsea project De Ligt to be their new defensive pillar.
Chelsea are known to be in the hunt for a new centre-back. They are preparing the successor of Thiago Silva in their team, and also they are preparing for the departure of Antoinio Rudiger next season.
They see De Ligt as a potential young defender and they believe he can be a pillar of Chelsea’s defense for the long term.
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The report claims that Chelsea must be prepared to shell out big bucks to secure De Ligt’s services.
The defender is still under contract in Turin until 2024. So Juventus refused to let him go at a low price.
A ransom of around 80 million euros is believed to be enough to convince Juventus to let go of the defender in the summer.
De Ligt is not the only centre-back Chelsea are eyeing.
There is a name Jules Kunde who is reportedly a transfer target for the Blues in the summer of next year.
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Too strong, Chelsea is predicted to win the EPL 2021/22 season
A prediction made by Alan Shearer regarding who will be the EPL champion for the 2021/22 season. He thinks Chelsea is the strongest candidate to win this season.
The Premier League season 2021/22 has been rolled out for five weeks. So far, the competition to win the EPL this season has been fierce.
There are three teams that collect the same points at the top of the standings. They are Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool who both collected 13 points from five EPL matches.
Shearer considered that of all the EPL contestants, Chelsea had the most chance of winning. “The race to win the Premier League this season has only just begun, but I think Chelsea will be very much stopped from being champions,” Shearer told BBC Sports.
According to Shearer, one of the reasons Chelsea became a strong candidate to win the EPL this season was because of their stable performance since being handled by Thomas Tuchel.
“Thomas Tuchel’s team looks very impressive at the moment. But they have been playing like this since Tuchel became manager in January,”
Last Sunday, they won a brilliant 3-0 at Tottenham and that shows how good they have been this season.”
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Furthermore, Shearer considered the current Chelsea squad to be so powerful. So Tuchel has a lot of players who can be different from the bench.
“They have top players in all positions, and they are very strong. They could have won by six or seven goals if their finishing was better and if the Tottenham goalkeeper had not played well in that game,” he said.
Chelsea will be in action in the Carabao Cup in the middle of this week.
The Blues will face Aston Villa on Thursday (23/9) early morning.