Chelsea prepared to pay Juventus’ €35m asking price for defender

Chelsea are prepared to meet Juventus’ €35m asking price for defender Daniele Rugani, according to

The Blues are hopeful of securing the Italian this summer in an attempt to attract former Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri to West London.

Having previously worked with Rugani at Empoli and attempting to sign him on numerous occasions during his time in Naples, Sarri’s admiration for the player is no secret.

Rugani to Chelsea

Daniele Rugani

Daniele Rugani of Juventus in action during the serie A match between Benevento Calcio and Juventus at Stadio Ciro Vigorito on April 7, 2018 in Benevento, Italy. (Photo by Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images)

Chelsea are hopeful of wrapping up a deal for Rugani as they prepare for the arrival of Maurizio Sarri.

The central defender has a €35m asking price which the Premier League club are prepared to match.

Rugaini is keen to play more regular first-team football and having made just 26 competitive appearances for the Old Lady last season he is open to leaving the Serie A champions.

Juve have already begun their pursuit of a potential replacement with AFC Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt being targeted.

Chelsea supporters in favour

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