Chelsea interested in Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt as he stalls over a new deal

Chelsea are interested in Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt as he stalls over signing a new deal – with centre back open to a move to the Premier League and Blues keen to acquire him for less than his £102m buyout clause

  • Chelsea have been notified of the player’s contract stand-off with Juventus
  • The defender is believed to be reluctant to sign a new deal with a release clause
  • He is open to a move to the Premier League but Chelsea will not pay £102m
  • Forwards Timo Werner and Christian Pulisic may be used as part of a swap deal 

Chelsea have been alerted to Matthijs de Ligt’s contract stand-off with Juventus.

The Holland defender is reluctant to agree new terms with his current buy out clause set at a prohibitive £102m. 

He is open to a Premier League move but Chelsea would offer substantially less than his clause. They want to add five new signings this summer with centre backs and full back the priority for Thomas Tuchel. 

Chelsea have been alerted to the availability of Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt

The centre back is open to leaving the Old Lady after a disagreement over a new contract

The centre back is open to leaving the Old Lady after a disagreement over a new contract

A player swap between the two clubs has been mooted, and Sportsmail understands that the two stars in discussions are Timo Werner and Christian Pulisic.

Juventus have previously held an interest in both forwards. 

The German manager will look for defensive reinforcements after Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen both departed the club on free transfers to Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively.

Meanwhile, they will also seek to bolster their forward areas after the departure of Romelu Lukaku to Inter Milan. 

Thomas Tuchel's side have lost defenders Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen

Thomas Tuchel’s side have lost defenders Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen 

The forward, who was signed for £97.5m last summer, endured a torrid second spell at the club and returns to Inter Milan who he left for Chelsea last year. 

It has also been reported that Hakim Ziyech, who was signed from Ajax in 2020, could be on his way out of Stamford Bridge with AC Milan said to be keen on acquiring the player.

Ousmane Dembele, who is out of contract at Barcelona at the end of the month, is said to be a key target of Chelsea’s. 

Tuchel worked with the Frenchman at Borussia Dortmund and the club would likely be able to match his wage demands, which are proving a sticking point between him and Barcelona currently. 

Richarlison, who will likely leave Everton this summer, has been widely linked with a move to Stamford Bridge. It is believed Tottenham are also keen on the player.

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