Italian giants Juventus have opened up opportunities for Chelsea who are very interested in defender Matthijs de Ligt. The Dutch player is said to be a serious target for the London club.
The latest news, Chelsea can now recruit the 22-year-old Dutch defender from Juventus as long as they are able to redeem the price set by La Vecchia Signora.
Chelsea are reportedly ready to offer Juventus a sum plus striker Timo Werner for de Ligt. However, Juventus were only willing to release him at a certain price and without involving a player exchange.
Reported by Football Italia, as reported by Calciomercato.com, Juventus have set a high price for de Ligt. If Chelsea want, they have to pay 110 million euros, equivalent to Rp1.7 trillion.
Regarding the offer of money plus Timo Werner for de Ligt, Juventus are not very interested. Juventus only wanted to release him for €110 million, purely without involving a player exchange.
The Italian media also mentioned, Chelsea so far only willing to bid in the range of € 65 million – € 70 million. However, Juventus remains at €110 million.
The €110 million figure is already discounted, slightly below de Ligt’s €120 million release clause.
Find a replacement
If Chelsea can accept the price request, Juventus will release de Ligt. Then, what about their back line that has been left by Giorgio Chiellini?
Juventus have reportedly started looking at a number of potential replacements for de Ligt. If he was bought by Chelsea, Juventus would have enough funds to bring in another defender.
According to the same source, potential replacements for de Ligt at Juventus include Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli) and Gleison Bremer (Torino). However, Bremer seems closer to Inter Milan.
Gait Matthijs de Ligt
This Dutch centre-back was brought in by Juventus from Ajax in the summer of 2019. At that time, Matthijs de Ligt was an Ajax wonderkid who was predicted to become a big player.
Juventus did not hesitate to bring the young Dutch stopper. Even the Bianconeri did not hesitate to spend up to 85.5 million euros to bring De Ligt to the Allianz Stadium.
In the 2021/2022 season, Matthijs de Ligt played 31 games, scoring three goals and providing one assist.