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Chelsea joined by Real Madrid in the race to sign 22-year-old Serie A defensive star

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De Ligt made his switch from Ajax to Juventus after 2018-19 UCL season. (imago Images)

Chelsea handed blow in Matthijs de Ligt chase as Real Madrid also register interest 

According to Calciomercato (h/t ESPN), Chelsea will be joined by Real Madrid in their chase to sign Matthijs de Ligt

De Ligt, who signed for Juventus from Ajax for €75million in the summer of 2019, has been of interest to the Blues despite being closely linked to Sevilla centre-back Jules Kounde.

The Blues, who currently possess the likes of Antonio Rudiger, Trevoh Chalobah, Cesar Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva, and Andreas Christensen in the centre-back roles, could do with adding another defender to the fold. 

Matthijs de Ligt has been of interest to Chelsea. (imago Images)
Matthijs de Ligt has been of interest to Chelsea. (imago Images)

Rudiger has entered the final year of his contract and Real Madrid and PSG have targeted a potential move for the German. Thiago is 37 and in the final year of his contract, and it remains to be seen whether he will sign a new deal at the club.

Christensen & Azpilicueta are also in the final year of their contracts with the latter turning 32 this year. Thus, adding a central defender, especially one of Matthijs de Ligt’s ilk, would certainly add a more youthful approach to the defensive line.

However, the Blues will not lead a one-horse race to sign the Dutchman from Turin as Real Madrid are also said to be keen on bolstering their defence with his signing. 

Real Madrid have also joined Chelsea in the race to sign De Ligt.
Real Madrid have also joined Chelsea in the race to sign De Ligt. (imago Images)

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The 13-time Champions League winners lost both Raphael Varane & Sergio Ramos this summer and are keen on a move for a ‘top’ centre-back, according to Calciomercato with De Ligt emerging as one of their targets (h/t ESPN).

The 22-year-old has featured 78 times for the Old Lady in his last two years at the Serie A club, but it remains to be seen which shirt will he be playing in beyond this season.

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