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Juventus are reportedly willing to accept a bid of around £68million for Dutch defender Matthijs de Ligt as Chelsea and Bayern Munich continue to rotate. The Netherlands international has emerged as one of the pair’s top targets, however, the two seem to have seen their business hit a stumbling block this summer as Juventus seek a fee in excess of £105million for the central defender.

Having lost Antonio Rudiger to Real Madrid and Andreas Christensen to Barcelona on free transfers already in the current window, Thomas Tuchel has made no secret of his desire to strengthen the Blues’ backline core this summer. Juventus centre-back De Ligt is believed to be high on Chelsea’s list of defensive targets, but the Italian club’s exorbitant asking price has reportedly delayed a potential transfer.

However, Chelsea may not have to shell out as much as initially feared following reports that Juventus have now set a ‘minimum price‘ for the defender. According to transfer insider Gianluca Di Marzio, the Old Lady may be willing to accept a cut-price offer of around £68m for the 22-year-old – as opposed to a fee in excess of £100m depending on Juventus’ asking price and the player’s gigantic release clause.

“I know that Thomas Tuchel put it [De Ligt] top of the list and the Premier League is perfect for a player like Matthijs” said Di Marzio wettfreunde. “He is also Bayern Munich’s first target. They are two big clubs. It obviously depends on what Matthijs wants.

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“Chelsea of ​​course, the Premier League is the best league in the world. And they lost Christensen, they lost Rudiger, so they need a top defender. So it’s hard to say whether it’s better to go at Chelsea or at Bayern because at Chelsea Matthijs can become one of the best defenders in the Premier League.

“Now it will depend on which club accepts Juventus’ asking price. They say they want almost €125m (£105.7m) but I think if a club with €80m Euros (£67.7m) comes without players, they would say okay and open up a new market with the money they get for Matthijs.”

Di Marzio also claimed that Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly is an attractive proposition for Chelsea, especially as the 31-year-old, who has just one year left on his current contract, would be a much lesser alternative. dear to De Ligt. Juventus are also believed to be watching the Senegalese centre-back – alongside Barcelona – and could move for the defender if they lose De Ligt to Chelsea or Bayern in the summer.

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