Juventus’ double swoop for Chelsea stars in the summer could impact Blues’ Matthijs de Ligt transfer
According to reports, Juventus are interested in signing Chelsea defenders Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger in a double swoop this summer, clearing the way for the Blues to pursue the Italian giant’s own centre-back Matthijs de Ligt.
It is widely known that Rudier and Christensen’s contracts will expire in the summer, and they will be free to leave Stamford Bridge as things now stand. Neither player has indicated that they are ready to devote their futures to Chelsea as of yet.
In such a case, Juventus are aiming to sign Chelsea’s defensive pair for free at the conclusion of the season, which might open the way for the Blues to return the favour and sign de Ligt, with the Italian club eager to cash in on the player who has two years remaining on his present contract.
In the summer, a possible transfer domino between Juventus and Chelsea is poised to occur, with defenders all engaged. Juve boss Max Allegri is believed to adore Christensen and Rudiger and would consider moving for them if Jules Kounde and Niklas Sule, the club’s major objectives, could not be signed.
Even if Allegri does not come rushing in for the Blues combination, a move for de Ligt will be difficult for Chelsea, with the Dutch defender costing up to £83 million. The Italian club is due to pay de Ligt’s former club Ajax £25 million over the following two years, which may preclude Chelsea from negotiating a lesser cost.
Chelsea might lose three veteran centre-backs in the span of one transfer window if contract discussions do not move before the end of the season. Rudiger, in particular, appears to be in the peak of his career at the moment, and it will undoubtedly affect us if we lose perhaps our best player this season.
De Ligt, despite his young age, has shown to be a world-class player at Juventus and Ajax, and he might be an adequate substitute for our departing defenders.