Juventus CEO Maurizio Arrivabene has revealed it could be impossible for them to keep star defender Matthijs de Ligt if he wants to leave for Chelsea this summer.
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The Blues have been chasing the former Ajax captain and have been in talks about a potential swap deal involving Christian Pulisic or Timo Werner plus cash.
Chelsea have had initial offers rejected, but boss Thomas Tuchel has not given up hope of signing the Holland International as he looks to bolster his defence after losing both Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen on free transfers.
Juventus chief Arrivabene has, however, appeared to have bolstered the Blues’ hopes of landing De Ligt this summer – saying they will be happy to do business as long as their asking price is met.
He told Tuttosport: ‘It’s impossible to keep players when they want to leave the club – but all the three parties in the negotiations have to be satisfied.’
Chelsea believe De Ligt’s release clause of £102million is too expensive, therefore they kickstarted the bidding with a player-plus-cash package worth around £40million, plus a choice of either Werner or Pulisic.
Credit: Daily Mail