Chelsea interested in Juventus centre-back Matthijs de Ligt

Matthijs de Ligt is a target for Chelsea.

The reports in England suggested that Chelsea are interested in Juventus centre-back Matthijs de Ligt.

De Ligt has been at Juventus since 2019 when he joined from Ajax. The 22-year-old’s contract at Juventus is set to expire at the end of the 2023/24 campaign.

The centre-back has featured in four matches for Juventus this term in all competitions.

Matthijs de Ligt
Matthijs de Ligt

He is considered to be one of the best centre-backs in Netherlands. De Ligt has left his mark at the international stage after netting 2 goals in 31 senior appearances for the Netherlands national team.

Thomas Tuchel wants to sign a new centre-back and Matthijs de Ligt is one of the names at the top of his wishlist.

The Netherlands international is thought to perfectly fit the profile of defensive player Tuchel wants to target in the summer transfer window.

The Blues are in the market for just a handful of statement signings who can improve the first-team.

Chelsea
Chelsea

The Juventus centre-back heavily relies on his ability to read the game. It is coupled with his sensible tackling and an excellent sense of positioning, allowing him to repel most of the danger in the defensive third.

According to the report, “Chelsea are interested in Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt – knowing his contract carries a buyout clause. The Daily Star says De Ligt has a ‘special release clause’ in his contract at Juventus that becomes active in the summer of 2022. The release clause will allow clubs to sign the Dutch international defender for 150million Euros or £130million from the end of the current season. The Italian giants landed his signature two years ago from Ajax but could now lose him to the European champions, Chelsea. Chelsea are interested in De Ligt as they continue to pursue a new central defender, having missed out on signing Sevilla’s Jules Kounde in the summer.”

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If Chelsea are genuinely interested, a deal would not be impossible to complete.

Matthijs de Ligt ideal fit for Chelsea?

He would be a fantastic recruit for Chelsea.

A centre-back of De Ligt’s ceiling will be a massive addition to Chelsea squad as he will not only improve the overall quality of Tuchel’s starting XI but also add some stability and variety to his defensive department.

Stylistically, he would be a great fit in Chelsea.

It will be interesting to see if Chelsea make their move for the 22-year-old in the summer transfer window.

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Bologna-born Giuseppe Bianchi has spent more than a decade living in Rome and writing about Italian football, Spanish football and the Premier League for various Italian football portals and now he writes about European football for Euro Football Rumours. He's been thinking about football transfers pretty much nonstop since the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. Aside from writing, he likes to spend his time fishing and rock climbing.

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