Chelsea are reportedly in constant contact with Mino Raiola over a potential move for Matthijs de Ligt, valued at €100 million by Juventus.
According to reputed Italian journalist Rudy Galetti, Chelsea appear to be stepping up their efforts to sign Matthijs de Ligt, who is viewed as the long-term successor for Antonio Rudiger. The Dutch international is valued at €100 million by Juventus, who are open to cashing in on him.
Matthijs de Ligt joined Juventus in the summer of 2019 following a solid spell with boyhood club Ajax, having even been the club captain for a considerable period before his departure. The move to the Allianz Stadium, though, has not worked out as envisioned for the 22-year-old, who has produced several positive performances but is still yet to become a firm first-choice option.
To date, de Ligt has made 85 appearances for the Bianconeri, chipping in with six goals and two assists in the process. However, recent reports have suggested that the Dutch international is unhappy at Juventus and could seek a summer exit from Turin. The Serie A giants are also open to the prospect of a summer sale, with the situation now alerting Chelsea.
Chelsea are in a precarious position over the future of Antonio Rudiger. The German international is in the final year of his current contract with the club and is no closer to committing his long-term future to them. With such a situation prompting clubs like Real Madrid, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur to line up a move, the Blues need to keep their options open.
To that end, de Ligt has reportedly emerged as Chelsea’s priority when it comes to bringing in a long-term replacement for Rudiger. And it now looks like the west Londoners have stepped up their efforts to secure the services of the Dutch international, having already initiated discussions with his agent Mino Raiola.
Rudy Galetti has claimed that Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia and Raiola are in constant contact, suggesting a move is likely in the offing. However, signing de Ligt will cost a premium, with Juventus set to demand €100 million in exchange for his services.
The Italian journalist has not mentioned whether Chelsea are open to paying such a sum, and it will be interesting to see if they agree to shell out the required €100 million to land him. Meanwhile, apart from Chelsea, the likes of Real Madrid, Newcastle United and Manchester City have also been linked with the 22-year-old, and it remains to be seen if Chelsea can beat the other suitors to his signature.