Chelsea are reportedly keen on signing Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt next summer.
The Netherlands international is tipped to leave Italy for a fee below €100m (£83m) but fans on Twitter are very much split on whether the centre-back is good enough for the Blues:
This would be great player for us
— Ben Griffiths (@BenGriffiths81) February 2, 2022
I think Nicolas Sule is better option he will be free agent in summer
— cfc_Bulgaria (@cfc_Bulgaria) February 2, 2022
Please do ! He’s very good
— Matthew Coutts (@MatthewCoutts6) February 2, 2022
We don’t need him
— Chima Christian (@Chimankpam_) February 2, 2022
A center back partnership of deligt and Rudiger moving forward 🤝
— Dammy Blue is the Colour (@Dammyjayy) February 2, 2022
Not good enough ffs
— a wrecked isle dysfunction 🇸🇳 (@ethanbrowny2012) February 2, 2022
Thats the man
Get Frankie de jong while we are at it
— Emperor_Chelsea (@Godwinchigoziri) February 2, 2022
Too expensive. I’d rather have Koulibaly for peanuts. Experience is everything.
— Kova™️🏆🥈💙 (@chriskenyonblue) February 2, 2022
Everyone’s Chelsea’s main target. I cba anymore lmao
— Steve (@stevethesage) February 2, 2022
De Ligt hasn’t exactly set the world alight in Italy, with his performances for Juve over the past two and a half years having been unconvincing, to say the least.
With the Dutchman’s agent being Mino Raiola as well, you have to wonder whether Chelsea would actually be interested in dealing with a person they have had run-ins with in the past.
There are other considerations, though. With Cesar Azpilicueta, Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger all potentially leaving Stamford Bridge, manager Thomas Tuchel may need to sign more than one centre-half.
Sevilla’s Jules Kounde and Leicester’s Wesley Fofana are thought to be on the radar but de Ligt is a similar age to those players so it wouldn’t be surprising if he is also being looked at.