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Juventus to demand €100m for Chelsea target Matthijs de Ligt

Chelsea do not want to pass up on the chance to sign De Ligt
Chelsea do not want to pass up on the chance to sign De Ligt 

Juventus will demand a fee of around €100m to sell centre-back Matthijs de Ligt to Chelsea, with the Dutchman emerging as the London club's priority defensive target this summer ahead of Sevilla's Jules Kounde.

De Ligt has reached an impasse in contract talks with Juventus as a result of his revised wage demands and he is willing to push for a move  if the Bianconeri do not significantly increase their current offer.

Sources said Chelsea were alerted to the 22-year-old's potential availability and view the opportunity to sign an established, top-level central defender as too good to pass up, therefore prioritising negotiations over their long-term pursuit of Kounde.

De Ligt's agent, Rafaela Pimenta, is among a number of representatives who Chelsea's new ownership group - led by Todd Boehly - have proactively engaged in talks with since completing their takeover in May, and her client's name has been discussed.

However, given De Ligt still has two years left to run on his current deal in Turin, the ball is firmly in Juventus' court. Manager Max Allegri is intent on keeping the player, it is understood that the Serie A giants could be swayed by an offer of around €100m (£86m) to part with the Netherlands international


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