Chelsea ‘target £103m Juventus defender Matthijs De Ligt’ after having a £43m summer bid for Jules Kounde rejected – as Thomas Tuchel looks to bolster his defence

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  • Thomas Tuchel still wants to strengthen his defensive options at Chelsea
  • He tried to buy Sevilla’s Jules Conde in the summer but the £43m bid was rejected
  • Now reports from Italy suggest that Juventus’ Matthijs de Ligt is their next target
  • Holland centre-back’s £103m release clause comes into force in summer
  • Juventus want the 22-year-old to agree to a new contract before that time

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Chelsea will turn their attention to Juventus central defender Matthijs de Ligt after failing to sign Jules Conde during the summer transfer window.

Thomas Tuchel’s team has impressed in the early weeks of the season but the desire to hold back remains strong.

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The European champions targeted Kaunde but Sevilla rejected his £43m offer and stuck to their £68m release clause.

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Juventus ‘will focus on signing Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt’

Dutch defender De Ligt registered a 3-2 win for Juventus in Spezia on Wednesday night

Dutch defender De Ligt registered a 3-2 win for Juventus in Spezia on Wednesday night

Now, according to the Italian outlet transfer marketHowever, Chelsea will turn their attention to Holland international De Ligt, whose release clause is set at £103m which becomes active at the end of this season.

Juventus want 22-year-old de Ligt to commit to a new contract, investing £67.8m plus add-ons when he was signed from Ajax in 2019.

However, Chelsea will reportedly be interested in concluding that a move for Paris Saint-Germain defender Marquinhos will be difficult.

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel still keen to strengthen his options in defense

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel still keen to strengthen his options in defense

Chelsea’s summer move to 22-year-old France international Coundé was dependent on Kurt Zouma’s departure from the club. Zouma joined West Ham in a £29.8m deal just ahead of the deadline.

Sevilla sporting director Monchi said: ‘We are also not satisfied with the offer, and it was linked to Chelsea selling a player. It was a good charge but it didn’t meet our criteria.

Tuchel will be concerned that Chelsea could be left short of defensive options if contract talks with Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen do not work out.

Chelsea fail in their efforts to sign £68m-rated Sevilla defender Jules Conde over the summer

Chelsea fail in their efforts to sign £68m-rated Sevilla defender Jules Conde over the summer

It is reported that Danish centre-back Christensen is closing in on a new £120,000-a-week deal at Stamford Bridge.

Rudiger, meanwhile, is looking for closer to £200,000 a week and talks have slowed in recent weeks, with Real Madrid and PSG among interested parties should the German be available on a free transfer at the end of the season.

Chelsea have still conceded only one Premier League goal this season – Mohamed Salah’s penalty in a 1-1 draw with Liverpool – and top the table after five matches.

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