Chelsea have set a very high price with their bid for Liverpool target Matthijs de Ligt, according to reports. The defender could move this summer.
This comes from GianlucaDiMarzio.com. They say that Chelsea have opened the bidding for Matthijs de Ligt after reports he wants to leave Juventus.
The report puts their bid at around £22m plus Timo Werner – a player that cost them £45m two years ago. This, however, isn’t enough and Juventus immediately said no. That’s despite liking Werner as a player, too.
Werner is a player Liverpool nearly signed, of course. Jurgen Klopp went as far as calling him a ‘great player’ after he joined Chelsea instead – the boss clearly rates him.
Corriere dello Sport claimed this week that De Ligt had now put in a transfer request. His contract expires in 2024 and while Juventus want to renew it, they’d need him to reduce his wages. The Dutchman will only do so if they also reduce his release clause, however.
With no movement in either direction, De Ligt has apparently asked to leave. Chelsea appear ready to act immediately as others watch.
Chelsea bid for Matthijs de Ligt
If that bid is too low, we can’t see Liverpool signing De Ligt. It’s as simple as that, really. There’s half a chance of things happening in a year as he enters the final year of his contract.
Right now, though, De Ligt would simply be a luxury. Liverpool already have four elite centre-backs and would need to move one on before paying big for a new option. And even then, there’s no immediate need to sign a centre-back even if someone did leave.
Thus only a reasonable too-good-to-pass-up deal would tempt Liverpool here. That plainly won’t happen, though, if Chelsea can’t get anywhere with that bid. The Reds’ best chance of securing a bargain would be in a year’s time but it doesn’t seem that this transfer battle will last that long.
Even though we see a bright future at Liverpool with De Ligt, the timing is all wrong.