Chelsea are now chasing £102m Serie A defender

Chelsea have been linked with Juventus defender de Ligt.

The Blues will be needing some defensive reinforcements in the summer and has been linked with a bunch of players in the last few weeks.

One of them is 22-year-old Dutch defender Matthijs de Ligt who’s contract with Juventus expires in the summer of 2024 and is stalling to sign a new deal with the Serie A club.

If Chelsea fails to sign their long-term target Jules Kounde in the summer, De Ligt could be a strong alternative for the Blues.

Romano says: “Matthijs de Ligt’s current release clause is valid for €120m [£102m], while the contract expires in June 2024. Juventus are now negotiating with the Dutch defender to extend the contract until 2025 or 2026, but De Ligt has told the club that he will only sign a new agreement if the release clause is lowered.”

“So far for Barcelona, who have financial problems, it is too expensive a deal for them to seriously consider at the moment,” the transfer expert added. “Chelsea have been monitoring De Ligt for months, but the priority at the moment is Jules Kounde.”


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