Chelsea offers Timo Werner to Juventus in exchange for Matthijss de Ligt


In the deal that Chelsea has made to sign Matthijs Del Ligt this summer, Timo Werner will be offered by Juventus.

After the departures to Real Madrid and Barcelona of Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger, the Blues’ defense has been ravaged. With Marcos Alonso and Cesar Azpilicueta keen to move to Nou Camp, there are other exits.

Thomas Tuchel would have major difficulties in defense with only Trevoh Chalobah and Malang Sarr as his centre-backs. Many players, including Josko Gvardiol and Jules Kounde, have been linked to moves to Stamford Bridge in an effort to fill the gaps.

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De Ligt is the name on the wishlist, as he has been having contract problems at Juventus. The negotiations have not been fruitful so far and the Blues took an interest.

According to Di Marzio, Werner could be included in an opening offer that would also total £38million in cash for the Dutchman. However, whether Juve will accept remains to be seen on a player they have a £103m release clause on.

De Ligt may be interested in a move to Chelsea. However, any negotiations between the clubs is likely to take a while due to the difference in valuations. There is one small advantage: Werner is being considered by the Italian giants.

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Chelsea are interested in signing Matthijs de Ligt of Juventus
Chelsea is interested in Matthijs de Ligt from Juventus

However, his £270,000-a-week wages are a major stumbling block with Juve looking to trim costs rather than bolster them. Werner signed for Chelsea in 2020 for £50m from RB Leipzig after a Liverpool transfer fell through.

He has only managed to score nine Premier League goals so far. He started only 15 league games last season and scored four goals.

Juventus still consider De Ligt to be one of their most important players, despite a volatile meeting that saw contract negotiations collapse. However, it would be a stunning coup to move the 22-year-old from Turin.