At Stamford Bridge, a £67.5 million ‘leader’ would be a’massive signing.’
According to journalist Pete O’Rourke, Chelsea target Matthijs de Ligt would be a “huge signing” for Thomas Tuchel.
The Blues are on the lookout for defensive reinforcements this summer, and the Juventus star has been mentioned as a possible target.
Chelsea wants to sign De Ligt to replace Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen, according to talkSPORT.
After opting out of a new contract at Stamford Bridge, Rudiger has joined Real Madrid, while Christensen is poised to follow Rudiger to Barcelona.
Chelsea will need to bring in new central defenders as a result of the aforementioned, with De Ligt appearing to be an option.
However, after signing for Juventus for £67.5 million in 2019, he is unlikely to be cheap.
If the Blues sign the former Ajax midfielder this summer, O’Rourke believes he will be a valuable addition.
“It’d be a major acquisition for Chelsea,” the journalist told GIVEMESPORT. We all know Chelsea’s centre-back difficulties for next season, with Rudiger and Christensen both departing, so bringing in someone like De Ligt would be a huge plus.”
Certainly, especially in light of what happened to Rudiger and Christensen. They are in desperate need of new centre-backs, and De Ligt is undoubtedly one of the best available.
Jamie Carragher, a Sky Sports pundit and former Liverpool defender, said about the Netherlands international a few years ago: “To be captain of Ajax and with them reaching to where they got to this season, he’s definitely a leader and top class.”
“He possesses the physical characteristics as well. I used to play that position as a kid, and if you’re not completely developed physically, you can make mistakes by getting thrown around by someone who is too strong or too quick for you. But De Ligt is a man, so that’s not a problem for him.”