Chelsea are allegedly willing to forgo their long-term desire in recruiting Sevilla center-back Jules Kounde in favor of Matthijs de Ligt of Juventus.
The Blues were on the verge of finalizing a summer transfer to bring Kounde to Stamford Bridge, but Sevilla refused to budge on his €70 million release clause.
Chelsea refused to negotiate on earlier bids, and despite the possibility of a January exchange for the 22-year-old, Thomas Tuchel has chosen to set his eyes on another young star, de Ligt.
Following his 2019 transfer from Ajax, the Dutch international has had a mixed experience inSerie A
, with questions about his adaptation to Italian football lingering.
According toDiario AS
, the reigning European champions are prepared to offer more than €100 million for the 22-year-old if Juventus are willing to negotiate.
Mino Raiola, De Ligt's representative, has previously stated that his client is not a certain choice for
and that if the scenario does not alter this season, he may move on.
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