Chelsea face fresh competition in pursuit of former Ajax youngster

Real Madrid are allegedly keen on landing Juventus centre-back and Chelsea target Matthijs de Ligt in 2022.

The Galacticos allowed club legend Sergio Ramos to depart the club on a free transfer in the summer, while the France international Raphael Varane moved to Manchester United, with the towering defender seeking a new challenge.

David Alaba sealed the move to the Santiago Bernabeu outfit on a free transfer, but Carlo Ancelotti’s side are short of experienced variants in the middle of their defence.

Chelsea are reportedly weighing up a move for the Netherlands talent, as the west Londoners face being priced out of a move for leading centre-back target Jules Kounde from the La Liga side Sevilla.

However, according to a recent report from an Italian media outlet Calciomercato, Los Blancos are also interested in strengthening at the back and have identified the Blues-linked player as the ideal signing during next summer’s transfer market.

The 22-year-old star has made 77 appearances for the Old Lady since arriving from the Dutch side Ajax and still has three years left to run on his current deal, placing the Bianconeri in a strong position when it comes to any potential discussions.

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Tottenham Hotspur may be best placed to sign a player from Chelsea who could be a bargain deal in the coming months, with a recent report putting them in the mix.

The west Londoners worked hard on shipping off plenty of players this summer and were successful to recoup a significant sum of money.

Their two eye-catching outgoings in terms of value were striker Tammy Abraham and defender Kurt Zouma.

Another Blues departure is already on the cards in spite of the transfer market only shutting just over a week ago.

Centre-half Antonio Rudiger has entered the final year of his contract at Stamford Bridge and little progress has been made on a fresh contract, as per media outlet 90min.

A report previously linked Juventus, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid to the Germany international.

But more recently Paris Saint-Germain were understood to at the front of the queue as it emerged Antonio is unlikely to resign with Chelsea.

90min have also mentioned the Lilywhites as admirers, though. They previously tried to land the 28-year-old star but failed with their attempt.

They are in need of a defensive area with their central defender options looking a little light.

Daniel Levy is clearly an admirer. As such, he’d be willing to offer him a bumper contract to draw him to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium outfit.

And should Antonio share the same desire as his ex-teammates, Spurs would be in driving seat for his signature.

Chelsea boss talks about future of struggling fellow countryman

Thomas Tuchel maintains forward Timo Werner remains a key part of his plans, amid speculation that the Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich are eyeing the player with a view to signing him next year.

The former RB Leipzig ace endured a difficult maiden campaign, in spite of it culminating in an unlikely UEFA Champions League triumph.

He managed just six Premier League goals last term and his role in the Blues side is certain to change following Thomas’ decision to sanction the club record signing of centre-forward Romelu Lukaku.

In spite of the Belgium international immediately taking the position Timo occupied last season, the Chelsea leader insists his compatriot still has a key role to play at Stamford Bridge

‘I am sure that we will find games and solutions where we play with both of them (Timo Werner and Romelu Lukaku),’ said Thomas.

‘The most important is he finds his rhythm and confidence and joy and makes his point and makes his way into the team.

‘The players are in charge to take their positions and fight for their positions and once they have it to not give it away.

‘We have not too many players but we have players with high quality and high ambition and Timo is clearly a guy that we count on and that is absolutely necessary we have him on high level.’