In their search for a top summer target, CHELSEA can encounter unwelcome competition.
Erik ten Hag, the former manager of Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt, and Manchester United may complicate Chelsea’s plans to recruit him.
The 22-year-old has been identified by Thomas Tuchel as an important player to concentrate on this summer before his upcoming full season as Chelsea’s head coach.
After Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen departed the Blues for Real Madrid and Barcelona on free transfers, Tuchel will be scrambling to bolster his middle back options. However, the new owner Todd Boehly has yet to complete a single marking with a month of the transfer window already passed.
Nevertheless, Boehly intends to support Tuchel in his most memorable transfer window since purchasing Chelsea from Roman Abramovich with up to six new additions. The Premier League giants also intend to propose an authority offer worth approximately £60.3 million (€70 million) soon, according to Foot Mercato.
According to the article, Chelsea and De Ligt’s team have had fruitful discussions over a protracted deal, and it is certain that they can come to an understanding. However, United claims to be “mindful” of the situation and suggests that Ten Hag quickly reunites with his former defender at Old Trafford.
It’s unclear at this time whether Juventus will accept the Blues’ £60.3 million offer; initially, they thought any interested club should trigger his £107.7 million (€125 million) release condition. De Ligt’s 2019 transfer from Ajax cost The Old Lady £73.7 million (€85.5 million), and they would undoubtedly need to recoup that cost.
Chelsea won’t likely be concerned about competition from Premier League opponents. The likelihood of Joined dispersing that money is slim because the majority of the budget will be used for another gathering with Frenkie de Jong. Additionally, disregarding Ten Hag’s position in M16, the Red Devils’ absence from the Champions League will surely make a move to Stamford Bridge more alluring.
All things considered, De Ligt hasn’t exactly played down a possible swap. He has openly stated that, in the unlikely event that he cannot agree to a new, improved agreement before his current arrangement expires, he would be open to leaving Juventus. Additionally, if he decides to leave Turin this season like Chiellini, the Premier League appears to be a realistic goal.
Beginning in early June, he declared: “Completing fourth consecutively for two consecutive years isn’t sufficient. Juventus is also aware of this. In light of this, Juventus must take whatever action is necessary. I’m focused on being a player for Juventus. Juventus and I are having ongoing conversations. I’ll decide whether to go further or expand when the perfect moment comes.