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Matthijs de Ligt ‘wants Chelsea transfer’ despite interest from Premier League rivals as Blues hope to seal £65m deal

MATTHIJS DE LIGT reportedly favours a move to Chelsea – despite a number of other attractive options.

Prem champs Manchester City and Bundesliga winners Bayern Munich are also keen on the Juventus centre-half but he wants to come to Stamford Bridge, according to Sportsmail.

Eight of Europe’s top clubs are said to be interested in signing Juventus centre-half Matthijs De Ligt

Liverpool, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Paris Saint-Germain have also been linked.

The Blues are thought to have tabled several offers so far for the 38-cap Netherlands star this summer.

Now they are said to be keen to close the deal for about £65million.

Sportsmail say the Italian giants want to push that price up even higher.

De Ligt, 22, is under contract at Juve until 2024.

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But Corriere dello Sport revealed last month that Chelsea are in pole position to sign him.

De Ligt has fuelled speculation of a possible exit by admitting he may reject a new contract offer from the Old Lady.

He has been one of the most sought-after defenders in the world since establishing himself as Ajax captain in 2018.

Chelsea need defensive reinforcements after seeing Antonio Rudiger join Real Madrid and fellow free-agent centre-half Andreas Christensen closing in on a move to Barcelona.

Reports have also emerged saying Blues boss Thomas Tuchel is keen to switch from a back-three to a back-four next season and sees De Ligt as a good fit for his new-look side.

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