Chelsea are ‘very involved’ in rivalling Liverpool to signal Matthijs de Ligt, whilst the upcoming Romelu Lukaku exit ought to spark a burst of movement at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues are lagging at the back of their competitors this summer season with their tally of frontline arrivals currently unmoved at zero. Their need to feature centre-lower back reinforcements is apparent following the exits of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen. Rudiger has signed for Real Madrid, while Christensen is anticipated to complete a free agent transfer to Barcelona.
Chelsea have been closely related with common goal Jules Kounde once again. Interest within the Frenchman is now reaffirmed via Sky Sports, though a more high profile goal in Matthijs de Ligt is likewise on their radar.
That is the news coming from Sky Italia who observe the Dutchman, 22, currently holds a whopping launch clause well worth £103m.
The record stated Chelsea could now not be organized to set off that clause. However, they are deemed ‘very interested’ in forging a deal at a lower price.
To do so, they would need to persuade Juventus to sell a reliable player who nevertheless has years remaining on his settlement. What’s greater, they may additionally ought to beat out Liverpool who had been distinctly connected with the centre-half by way of any other outlet in Italy.
Jurgen Klopp reportedly wishes to pair Virgil van Dijk along with his international teammate De Ligt. Whether that could be a myth or a fact stays to be visible, but is some thing Juventus could desire is proper to help pressure up De Ligt’s charge.
Regardless, Sky Sports’ Kaveh Solhekol added his take to the reports from Italy. The journalist claimed Romelu Lukaku’s impending mortgage back to Inter Milan is poised to spark a chain of transfers at Stamford Bridge, doubtlessly starting with De Ligt.
“It’s true information for Chelsea that this case [Lukaku’s exit] has been looked after out as they are able to absolutely now press play in terms of signing gamers. We know they need to signal a centre-lower back because Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger have left.
“Sky Italy are telling us that they’re very interested in signing Juventus centre-returned Matthijs de Ligt.
“His scenario is a touch bit complex as he still has two years left on his settlement however Chelsea would really like to signal him.
“He has a launch clause that is round €120m. There’s no way Chelsea would pay that sort of cash for him.”Three Prem superstars eyed
Aside from De Ligt, Solhekol added a deal for Kounde may want to quickly come back into focus. The Sevilla ace became a target for Chelsea in each of the last two windows.
Furthermore, superstar names at Everton, Leeds United and West Ham were additionally showed to be on Chelsea’s radar.
“Another defender they’re interested by is Jules Kounde at Sevilla,” brought Solhekol. “They’ve been looking to signal him for a totally long time. I wouldn’t be surprised if there had been fundamental trends on that front.
“They’re inquisitive about Richarlison and Raphinha. The lengthy-term target is Declan Rice who’d be very difficult to signal but now that Lukaku has been taken care of out, assume to look loads of offers being accomplished by means of Chelsea.”Who must Chelsea sign?
De Ligt and Kounde would be great additions to Thomas Tuchel’s rearguard. Both are of their early-mid twenties and have their high-quality years beforehand notwithstanding already being excessive degree operators.
A move for West Ham’s Rice sounds exact on paper. Though the Hammers have time and again harassed their talisman gained’t be sold for beneath £150m. If Chelsea are to sign centre-backs and a brand new ahead, a Rice deal is quite not going inside the equal window.
Richarlison and Raphinha could represent Premier League-tested options within the very last third. Neither are out and out centre-forwards, however, meaning Kai Havertz or Timo Werner could likely compete for the crucial position.
There has been communicate of the Blues hijacking Arsenal’s flow for Gabriel Jesus. Fellow Man City attacker Raheem Sterling is any other on Tuchel’s radar, though each should fee upwards of £50m.
Regardless, the kind and profile of player linked with Chelsea shows Tuchel is searching for a extra mobile and fluid frontline. In hindsight, it’s no wonder that the extra battering-ram style approach of Lukaku did not mesh well with Tuchel’s device.