Chelsea given green light to sign €70m-rated Serie A centre-back

Mino Raiola is unhappy with Matthijs de Ligt’s situation at Juventus and is keen on engineering a move for the defender in next summer’s transfer window. To that end, Barcelona and the Blues are among the teams to have been offered the opportunity to sign Netherlands international.

The 22-year-old defender joined the Bianconeri from the Eredivisie giants in the summer of 2019. Widely regarded as one of the best young centre-backs to this day, de Ligt has made gradual progress at the Old Lady after experiencing teething problems at the club initially.

However, Matthijs, who has amassed 83 games while chipping in with six goals and two assists so far for the Bianconeri, is now a first-choice option at the club and is content with his situation.

However, his agent, Mino Raiola, is unhappy with how the Dutch defender has been “treated” and is looking to engineer a summer move, with the Blaugrana and Chelsea offered his services to that end.

Chelsea are indeed in a precarious situation over the future of the German defender, who is in the final year of his deal at the London club and has been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid, although the Blaugrana have also shown some interest lately.

And with Thiago Silva in the final years of his career, Matthijs certainly comes off as an option worth considering. To that end, it has been suggested the Blues could prioritise a move for the Dutchman, although Man City have also been offered his services.