Concern for Chelsea as Matthijs de Ligt 'wants to join' new suitor

A fresh update on the ongoing transfer speculation surrounding priority Chelsea target Matthijs de Ligt has been provided on Monday evening.

Thomas Tuchel’s Blues are of course known to be on the lookout for reinforcements at the heart of the club’s backline this summer, on the back of the free agent departures of both Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen.

In turn, after previously focusing their attentions on Sevilla standout Jules Kounde, the transfer team in west London have since shifted their sights to Turin, with De Ligt understood to be high on the club’s wishlist.

An opening offer for the Dutch stopper is even understood to have been tabled, before being swiftly rejected.

This comes with the powers that be at Juventus having made clear that they will only part with the club's star defender in the case of a bid in the region of €100 million being received.

Chelsea, though, to this point, have not come close to satisfying such demands on the part of the Italian giants.

And such a stance on the part of the Pensioners now appears to have opened the door for rival suitors of De Ligt's services to enter the fray.

As per a report from transfer journalist Florian Plettenburg of Sky Germany, Bayern Munich have gone as far as to open negotiations of their own with Juve, eager to add the Bianconeri stopper to the club's defensive ranks with a view to next season.

Not only that but, significantly, it is also suggested that De Ligt himself 'wants to join' the Bavarians, dealing a potentially monumental blow to Chelsea's summer plans.

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Conor Laird

Conor Laird

Die-hard Juventus fan with a love for all things Italian, and a real soft spot for Arsenal cult heroes. Emmanuel Eboue, Nicklas Bendtner, Philippe Senderos... Give them all statues outside the Emirates.

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