JUVENTUS reportedly asked for Timo Werner as part of a barter deal with Chelsea who are keen to sign Matthijs de Ligt.
The Bianconeri actually want to extend De Ligt’s contract after veteran defender Giorgio Chiellini leaves the club. However, CEO Maurizio Arrivabene has stated that it is open to releasing players who are reluctant to stay in Turin.
De Ligt’s agent, Rafaela Pimenta, is said to be among representatives proactively involved in talks with new Chelsea owner Todd Boehly. “Talks are being held, and when the time comes, I will decide whether to extend my contract or have my career elsewhere,” said De Ligt, last June.
Thomas Tuchel’s squad does have an urgency to bring in new defenders after the departure of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen. Speculation continues that Chelsea have offered Juventus the choice of Werner or Christian Pulisic as the West London side are also looking for space for new arrivals.
As reported by the Daily Mail, Chelsea’s first offer for De Ligt in the form of 34.4 million pounds plus Werner was still rejected by Juventus. This figure will be adjusted in the second bid.
De Ligt joined Juventus from Ajax in 2019 for 85 million pounds. The Dutchman has made 87 appearances in Serie A, but has yet to find the best performance amid high expectations.
Meanwhile, Werner is on the verge of exiting Chelsea after two unsuccessful years at Stamford Bridge. The German striker only contributed 10 goals and 13 assists in 56 appearances in the English Premier League. (Goal/OL-15)