According to Il Corriere dello Sport, Chelsea are leading the race to sign Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt.
The Dutch international’s contract runs out in June 2024 and the Bianconeri are in talks to extend his stay at the club. De Ligt has refused to commit his future to the club and revealed last week that no agreement with the club has been reached yet.
He has a €120m clause included in his contract, which will raise to €140m next season. De Ligt wants a lower release clause, but according to Il Corriere dello Sport, negotiations between the player and the Serie A giants have now been put on hold.
Chelsea are on the lookout for a new centre-back in the summer as the Premier League giants need to replace Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen.
Many other top clubs are monitoring De Ligt, including Liverpool, PSG and Manchester United, but the Red Devils can’t offer Champions League football to the former Ajax captain.
Juventus haven’t received any offer so far but may consider selling De Ligt in the summer if the defender refuses to sign a contract extension.
If they keep hold of him for one more year, his price tag will decrease in 2023, with just one year left in his contract at the Allianz Stadium.
Source: Football- Italia