Juventus have reportedly initiated negotiations with Chelsea for Matthijs de Ligt, with clubs such as Liverpool, Manchester City, Man United, and Paris Saint-Germain observing the situation.
However, that will not be enough to convince the Bianconeri management to get rid of the Dutchman in this summer transfer window. The 36-time champions of Italy are not tempted by Chelsea’s idea of including a player either as they seek to raise funds from the defender’s possible departure.
While De Ligt is ready to move on to pastures new this summer, Juventus will have the ultimate say on his future, given that he has still two years left on his current contract in Turin.
Earlier this summer, Juventus got an idea that De Ligt would not sign an extension with the Italian club, leading Chelsea to enter the transfer hunt for the Dutch international. If they get a suitable offer for the centre-back, Juventus would like to sanction the deal as soon as possible.
But it is understood that their ask for the 22-year-old remains a bit steep for the Londoners. De Ligt has a release clause of around €120 million in his current contract.
The lowest Juventus could go is €100 million. Chelsea doesn’t show any interest in paying that, with the Stamford Bridge faithful keeping tabs on other transfer targets such as Raheem Sterling and Nathan Aké.
GIFN | Jyotirmoy Halder