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