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Blues consider a swap deal for their defensive target

Chelsea might have to consider double-swap if they hope to land Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt. Chelsea has been linked to the Juventus centre-back many times. But the Dutchman is contracted to stay with Juve till 2024 and the club is resolute on extending the deal till 2026. Yet the deal has not been made as disagreements between De Ligt and Juve settle in and negotiations for a new deal have reached an impasse. Blues have shifted their focus on De Ligt in light of such news but still, stay interested in Sevilla’s Jules Kounde who was their top defensive target before De Ligt.

He is one of the most expensive defenders in Serie A history, and joined Juve in 2019, in the three years he has spent with the side his potential has still not been fully realized. With a €120 million release clause, the only way Chelsea can hope to sign him is with a swap deal with the likes of Timo Werner and Jorginho being considered for the trade.

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