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Chelsea is leading Liverpool and Manchester United in a £103 million transfer race, with Thomas Tuchel’s backup plan in place

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Chelsea is leading Liverpool and Manchester United in a £103 million transfer race, with Thomas Tuchel’s backup plan in place

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Thomas Tuchel has received a significant help in his pursuit of Matthijs de Ligt this summer. The 22-year-old has been extensively linked with a transfer to Stamford Bridge, with the west Londoners desperate to replace Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen, who have both left the club.

The west Londoners are leading the battle to recruit the centre-back, according to Italian publication Il Corriere dello Sport, via Football Italia. De Ligt, whose contract with the Old Lady expires in 2024, has also piqued the interest of Liverpool and Manchester United, according to the article.

The Netherlands international, on the other hand, is thought to be in negotiations with Juventus regarding a new contract. While it may come as a shock at first, rumors from Italy claim that if he signs a new contract in Turin, his existing €120 million (£103 million) release clause will be reduced.

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The report does not specify how much the new fee will be, but a cheaper clause will be a huge plus for Chelsea if they decide to make a move. However, if the Dutchman does not sign a new contract and opts to stay at the Old Lady next season, his release clause would reportedly rise to €140 million (£121.2 million).

In January, De Ligt was extensively connected with a move to Stamford Bridge, but nothing came of it. According to Italian tabloid La Repubblica, the Blues were ‘ready to go crazy’ in their pursuit of the defender.

But, unbeknownst to Tuchel at the time, Rudiger and Christensen were looking for opportunities outside of the club. According to Calciomercato, the Blues just rekindled their interest last month.

Chelsea is thought to be serious in signing De Ligt, with a deal anticipated to be completed soon. With Jules Kounde due to undergo surgery for a hamstring ailment, obtaining the defender’s signature may be more vital than previously imagined.

So, before committing to a deal, the west Londoners will want to make sure that the money spent is wisely spent – especially on a player brought in to fill Rudiger’s shoes. Mauro Camoranesi, a former Juventus midfielder, has said that De Ligt would be ‘more suited’ to the Premier League than Serie A, providing the Blues with some much-needed certainty.

The former Italy international was reported by Football Italia as saying: “De Ligt is a fantastic player who has a bright future ahead of him. True, he makes errors, but then again, what defense doesn’t? I believe he would be more suited to the Premier League than Serie A, a league with more individual duels than Italy.”

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