Chelsea have a concrete interest in De Ligt this summer. They have lost Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen already. The departure of Cesar Azpelicueta and Marcos Alonso is also expected. Thiago Silva is nearing 38, while Malang Sarr and Trevor Chalobah are relatively unproven. A marquee defensive addition is the need of the hour at this moment.
De Ligt is a certain improvement on those options. The Dutchman is one of the best young center backs in the world. His signing could be a statement of intent by the new owners.
He himself is open to a new challenge. De Ligt has reportedly informed Juventus that he does not intend on extending his current contract.
Talks are being held and, when the time comes, I will decide whether I will extend or whether I want to look elsewhere. I always look at what is best for myself in terms of sporting project. Fourth place, two years in a row, is not good enough.
The club have said that to me and I have shown this season when Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci were injured, what I am capable of. I had to take the lead and it went well. I think that’s the next step.De Ligt to 90mins
Werner To Juve?
According to Sky Sports News, Chelsea is willing to sell Werner to the Old Lady as part of a deal for the Dutchman. In his Juventus contract, De Ligt has a £103 million release clause.
If the Turin club approves a straight-cash sale, they will expect a nine-figure payment. Instead, the Blues will attempt to negotiate a lower price and are preparing a bid of cash plus Werner.
The German speedster was expected to set the world on fire after his move to Chelsea. However, this was not to be. He has failed to convert his chances and been the subject of online trolling. Maybe a different scenery can revitalize him and get him back to his Leipzig level.
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