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Matthijs de Ligt news: Chelsea boost as star is ‘keen’ on transfer, amid Juventus ‘softening’

Netherlands centre-back Matthijs de Ligt

Chelsea have been handed another lift as they look to prize Dutch defender Matthijs de Ligt away from Juventus.

On Tuesday, it was revealed Juventus are ‘softening’ their stance over De Ligt. They have previously been asking for clubs to meet his £103million release clause.

But concerns over De Ligt penning a new contract have forced Juve to drop their asking price to £86m, plus a player in return.

Chelsea are willing to meet this price and send either Christian Pulisic or Timo Werner to Turin as part of the deal.

Juve rejected those two stars, although they would like to receive Jorginho instead.

Matt Law of The Telegraph provides an update on the negotiations between Chelsea and the Italian club.

He reiterates the fact Juve’s stance is ‘softening’, with Chelsea edging closer to completing De Ligt’s signing.

It is slow going, but the Blues have plenty of time to discuss the transfer and eventually finalise it. The transfer window doesn’t shut until September 1.

Matthijs de Ligt discussions ‘progressing’

Law states talks over De Ligt are ‘progressing’ and the centre-back is now ‘keen’ to join Thomas Tuchel’s side. This is a huge boost for Chelsea as it means there shouldn’t be too much trouble in sorting out personal terms.

De Ligt is one of Chelsea’s top targets when it comes to replacing the likes of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen.

He is 22 years old but is already a top central defender with bags of experience in Serie A and the Champions League.

Last season, he made 42 appearances in all competitions, chipping in with three goals and one assist. However, it was a disappointing campaign for Juve as they came fourth in Serie A and lost in the Coppa Italia final.

De Ligt will have plenty of chances to win more silverware, whether he remains at Juve or goes to Chelsea. But it wouldn’t be a surprise if the 38-cap international fancied a new challenge – he has never played in the Premier League before.

Chelsea are also eyeing up Nathan Ake of Manchester City, although one pundit reckons De Ligt should be the priority.