Thomas Tuchel sent £103m consolation to complete perfect Antonio Rudiger replacement transfer

Thomas Tuchel has been reassured that Matthijs de Ligt would be a perfect fit for Chelsea should the Blues sign the Juventus defender. The 22-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge, with the west Londoners eager to replace the departing Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen.

Last month, Chelsea reignited interest in the Netherlands international, according to Calciomercato. The report claimed that the Blues are serious in their hopes of signing the centre-half and that developments are expected shortly.

However, De Ligt, who currently sees his deal with the Old Lady expire in 2024, has since entered talks with the Juventus over a new deal. And, while it may come as an initial blow, Fabrizio Romano has clarified that should he pen a new contract in Turin, the current €120million (£103m) release clause would be lowered.

The report does not outline what the new fee will be, though a lower clause will come as a major boost for Chelsea should they look to pull the trigger on a move. De Ligt was heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge in January, but a move failed to materialise.

The Blues were ‘willing to go crazy’ in their efforts to lure the defender, according to Italian newspaper La Repubblica. But, not known by Tuchel at the time, Rudiger and Christensen sought futures away from west London

Chelsea then followed up their interest a month later with the hope of laying the groundwork for a transfer in the summer, but the German’s mission to bolster his defence was quickly stopped in its tracks when the UK Government decided to impose sanctions on Roman Abramovich in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

The licence issued to Chelsea by the government allowed the club to keep playing but also meant that the Blues could not sign or sell players, or enter contract talks with existing players on their books, which meant the west Londoner’s pursuit of the De Ligt came to an abrupt halt.

Now, the consortium led by Todd Boehly, who agreed a £4.25billion deal to buy the west London club last month, are expected to ‘push for A-list signings’ to mark a new era at Stamford Bridge, according to the MailOnline. With the new ownership group eager to bolster the Blues’ armoury, The Telegraph indicate that after player sales are taken into account, Tuchel is set to have £200million at his disposal to strengthen his side.

But before Chelsea commit to a deal, the club will want to be sure that the money spent is well invested – especially on a player brought in to fill the shoes of Rudiger. Former Juventus midfielder Mauro Camoranesi has claimed that De Ligt would be ‘better suited’ to the Premier League than the Serie A, handing the Blues the reassurance they may need.

“De Ligt is an extraordinary player with an enormous future ahead of him,” the former Italy international said, as quoted by Football Italia. “It’s true, he makes mistakes, but what defender doesn’t? I see him better suited to the Premier League than Serie A, a competition where there are more individual duels than in Italy.”












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