The agent of Matthijs De Ligt has reportedly halted talks with Chelsea amid Bayern interest. He wants to force through a move for his client to join Bayern Munich.
The 22-year-old’s future in Turin is believed to be uncertain. Chelsea have identified him as one of their primary targets. They are looking to replace Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen who have left the club on free transfers.
MATTHIJS DE LIGT AND BAYERN TRANSFER LINKS FULL STORY
The Blues are set to face stern competition from current Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich for the defender. However, the sporting director of Bayern already has had a three-hour conversation with the Juventus chief regarding the availability of De Ligt. The report also adds that Matthijs De Ligt representatives have stopped talks with Chelsea and other interested clubs for the Bayern move.
Matthijs De Ligt is hoping to agree terms with Bayern on a deal worth around £64m. The player is also keen on the move. He favors their attacking style of football than other interested teams in Europe. However, Juventus are hoping for a fee of around £80m. Although, the favorites in the deal are Bayern Munich. Matthijs De Ligt has only two years left on his Juventus contract and he has already rejected contract extensions.
WHAT NEXT FOR CHELSEA IF THEY DO NOT GET THE JUVENTUS DEFENDER
Chelsea are certainly not short of options. The Blues could now turn their attention to other defensive targets. It includes Nathan Ake and Jules Kounde of Manchester City and Sevilla respectively. However, they are currently focusing on completing the signing of Raheem Sterling. The deal is near completion. Todd Boehly, the Chelsea owner is currently negotiating transfers in the summer window.
They are expected to be busy in the last weeks of the window. There is also a potential chance of Cristiano Ronaldo arriving this summer. He was offered to the club by his agent Jorge Mendes. The new owner wants a marquee signing this window. So the discussion about Ronaldo makes sense. However, Manchester United have clearly stated, that the striker is not for sale.
Matthijs De Ligt has made 117 appearances for the Italian giants. He has also won the Serie A title and the Coppa Italia. He has also represented Netherlands 38 times. The defender was also part of the famous Ajax team who reached the semi-finals of the Champions League against all-ods.
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