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Matthijs de Ligt is eager to join Chelsea

After Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen left on free transfers, the Blues are eager to sign a new center-back this summer.

Jules Kounde of Sevilla was previously thought to be the top target, but De Ligt has suddenly come into the spotlight because of his desire to leave Juventus.

Juventus, according to Jacobs, might now accept payment in the neighborhood of £70 million after initially seeking over £80 million for De Ligt this summer.

Chelsea is hoping to convince Juventus with a bid between £60 and £65 million, although it seems doubtful that they will pay the full sum upfront for the player.

De Ligt is reportedly very open’ to joining Chelsea, according to reports. The talks will not involve Jorginho, who Juventus is interested in.

Our opinion is that Chelsea has been made aware of De Ligt’s availability. Last month, they made an unsuccessful attempt to recruit him by making an initial bid of £34.5 million-plus Timo Werner.

The onus is on Chelsea to make a stronger offer to persuade the Bianconeri given that Juventus has made it clear that they seek a straight-cash move for the 22-year-old.

Given that Manchester United has shifted their focus to Ajax’s Lisandro Martinez, the London giants don’t appear to be facing any competition in their pursuit of the defender.

Thus, it could only be a matter of time until the clubs come to an appropriate arrangement. With age and experience on his side, De Ligt would make an excellent addition to the Blues.

He has made more than 230 league appearances at the age of just 22. The star from the Netherlands is adept at playing out from the back, powerful in the air, and likes to make clearances.

With his arrival, manager Thomas Tuchel could decide to go with a back four in 2019. Having served as captain for both Ajax and the Netherlands, De Ligt may develop into a future leader.

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