Ex-Chelsea defender Glen Johnson believes that his former side should continue pursuing Juventus’ Matthijs de Ligt this summer, with the Blues in the market for at least two central defenders.
After the departures of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen, it has quickly come clear that Thomas Tuchel’s priority is currently signing central defenders ahead of next season. His side are expected to sign two defenders – with Sevilla’s Jules Kounde a top target following their pursuit of the Frenchman in January.
The Telegraph also report that talks between Chelsea and Juventus are progressing well over De Ligt, who made 31 Serie A appearances last season. Speaking about the potential move, former England international Johnson told GGRecon: “I think it would be a good move for all parties involved.
“The whole package. Let’s face it, £100m is becoming the norm, which sounds bonkers. But it is becoming normal and if you’ve got a guy there who you can potentially sell in five years’ time for, probably, £120m, then all of a sudden it doesn’t sound daft. Although if it’s a ‘Lukaku job’ then you’re going to sell him for half!
“I do think, due to his age, Matthijs de Ligt would be a risk worth taking.” Despite being just 22 years old, De Ligt has already made over 200 career appearances and would be an experienced figure in the dressing room compared to some of the other defenders that Tuchel is likely to call upon next season.
Trevoh Chalobah (22) and Malang Sarr (23) were both important figures in the Chelsea defence last season and will be hoping that they are still regarded as exactly that in the upcoming campaign. Academy graduate Levi Colwill is also in the frame after flourishing out on loan at Huddersfield Town.
However, according to The Mirror, the young Englishman is willing to force an exit from Stamford Bridge if he cannot get assurances of game time. Leicester City, Brighton, Crystal Palace and Southampton are all viewed as potential moves by the defender.
And if Colwill departs, they may call upon a former academy graduate themselves to strengthen their backline as Nathan Ake remains of interest. Manchester City are reportedly willing to let the Dutchman depart this summer if a fair offer arrives for him.
And Ake may not be the only player swapping the Etihad Stadium outfit for the Blues this summer, with talks ongoing with Raheem Sterling. Tuchel is keen to acquire at least one winger in the coming months and the England international is yet to pen a new contract extension with City, meaning that as it stands he would leave the club as a free agent next year.
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