In addition to the entire Cristiano Ronaldo side show, Chelsea’s actual transfer priorities appear to be in a good spot, with the team aiming for defensive reinforcements and perhaps Raheem Sterling.
Defenders and Sterling are currently a priority for Tuchel / Chelsea … Many people would be surprised if Tuchel expressed a desire to sign Ronaldo, no matter how much he admires him. But it is a conversation that still needs to be conducted. https://t.co/tO9zxi82hv
– Matt Law (@Matt_Law_DT) July 4, 2022
And that’s the previous treaty where we’re perhaps making the biggest splash, with reports in Italy today talking about an improved bid for Matthijs De Ligt. La Gazzetta dello Sport (via Football Italia) claims that Chelsea have made a bid of € 80m / £ 70m (even cash) for the 22-year-old, who may not meet his release clause (€ 120m) but could be good enough for Juventus to accept. The report claims that € 90 million is Juve’s asking price, but previous reports had indicated a transfer in the range of € 70-75 million. as a clear possibility.
Bavaria’s interest in Matthijs de Ligt obviously affects the price. Customs Chelsea’s latest proposal is already close to £ 70 million. Both clubs are still working on trying to get an agreed fee. Quite open race. PSG is not included. They want Milan Skriniar. https://t.co/gUPyCR5QdM
– Ben Jacobs (@JacobsBen) July 4, 2022
Other reports, both in Italy and in the UK, are less definitive than that, but it seems clear that we are working to make this happen. And we may have to step up this effort, with Bayern Munich reportedly also taking part in the race. Reports in Germany sound quite positive about their chances, as such reports tend to do.
Exclusive news De Ligt: Bayern want him & #deLigt want to Bavaria! Conversations with Nagelsmann & Salihamidzic impressed him! Negotiations between Bayern / Juve have started. Conversations are good. But: He is very expensive. Transfer fee is expected between € 60-80 million. @SkySports @Sky_Marc
– Florian Plettenberg (@Plettigoal) July 4, 2022
Either way, De Ligt looks set to leave, and Juve look set to cash in nicely. De Ligt said (by most) to prefer Chelsea, but that preference seems less strong than, for example, Raphinha’s preference for Barcelona.
Time to turn up the heat!