Boehly could make a ‘huge statement’ with £63m star at Stamford Bridge
Chelsea’s potential signing of Juventus and Dutch centre-back Matthijs de Ligt would be a ‘huge statement of intent’ according to journalist Pete O’Rourke.
Thomas Tuchel’s side have been linked with a move for the defender over the past few weeks.
What’s new on de Ligt?
According to the Daily Mail, Chelsea are pursuing a deal for the former Ajax centre-back, with a potential player plus a cash deal, with Christian Pulisic being the player to travel to Turin.
The same report also suggests that Timo Werner had also been discussed as part of a potential swap deal, but the Serie A club are reportedly considering a move for Pulisic over the German striker.
According to Tuttosport (via fabrice romano), Juventus CEO Maurizio Arrivabene said: “It’s impossible to keep players when they want to leave the club – but all three negotiating parties have to be satisfied”, potentially hinting at a move to the club. man valued at £63million.
Todd Boehly will look to provide Tuchel with the necessary funds to begin a rebuild of the west London side this year, with no less than seven players having left the club so far this summer, according to Transfermarkt.
And O’Rourke thinks de Ligt’s signing could send a message to the public about Boehly’s ownership.
What did O’Rourke say about de Ligt?
He told GIVEMESPORT: “If Chelsea were to respond to this and spend over £100m on de Ligt, that would be a huge statement of intent from Chelsea.
“It looks like Todd Boehly is trying to mix things up at Stamford Bridge at the moment, and he’s putting his money where he talks and supports Thomas Tuchel.
Will Chelsea sign de Ligt?
Chelsea fans would be delighted if they could secure the signing of one of Europe’s hottest centre-back prospects, and at the age of 22, de Ligt, who has been described as ‘superb’ by Mina Rzoukihas plenty of room to improve.
The 38-time Dutch international made 42 appearances for the Italian giants last season, scoring three goals and providing one assist from the back, according to Transfermarkt.
The 6ft 2in colossus is a competent passer of the ball, ranking in the top 20% of centre-backs across Europe’s top five leagues and European competition for passing passes per 90 minutes (89.5%) according to FBref, which would suit Tuchel’s system on the ground, if the German manager opts to play three at the back next season.
The Dutchman is also proficient in the air, using his height to his advantage, ranking in the top 17% of centre-backs for aerial duels won per 90 minutes (3.57) according to the same stats provider.
Signing de Ligt would be a superb addition for a backline that needs replacements for Antonio Rüdiger and Andreas Christensen, and if they can get a deal down the line it could close that chasm at Liverpool and Manchester City just one just a little bit. .
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