Chelsea want Matthijs de Ligt from Juventus, according to reports. Liverpool, however, also have a plan in mind for the Dutchman.
This comes from Corriere dello Sport. They claim that Chelsea want Matthijs de Ligt and that he’s at the top of their shortlist, along with Sevilla’s Jules Koundé.
De Ligt is in an interesting spot with Juventus right now. His contract expires in 2024 and the Old Lady want to renew it – but with a pay cut. That makes their plans to keep him very difficult and next year would see them under intense pressure to sell the defender before he enters his final year.
And so a team like Chelsea believe they could tempt a sale this year. Juventus wouldn’t be under that pressure to drop his price tag, which could get them to the table, at least. De Ligt won’t be cheap but he might be available.
They’re not the only ones with eyes on the situation, however. Liverpool also like the look of De Ligt and have a plan in mind for him. Jurgen Klopp, says the article, would want to partner him with his international teammate, Virgil van Dijk.
If the Reds like that idea enough, they could get involved.
Chelsea want Matthijs de Ligt
CalcioMercato claimed earlier in the week that Liverpool want De Ligt. They’re down as one of the teams willing to match his current salary – something Juventus won’t do.
And while the partnership with Van Dijk is an easy one to make, we’re not sure that’s why Liverpool would sign him. Van Dijk is now into his 30s and we can’t imagine De Ligt would show up until next year. He’d be his compatriot’s successor if anything.
The real partnership would be with Ibrahima Konaté – and it’s one that looks exciting to us. But there’s a long way to go. De Ligt is firmly a Juventus player and we don’t think he’d move until 2023 at the earliest.