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Chelsea Among Clubs Hoping To Land This Serie A Defender: Should Tuchel Move In For Him?

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In a recent report, Tuttosport (via Calciomercato) claimed that Chelsea are among clubs hoping to land Matthijs de Ligt from Juventus this summer. It is believed that the Blues could face stiff competition from Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona in pursuit of the Dutch centre-back.

De Ligt’s Impressive Numbers In Italian Football

De Ligt is having another solid campaign in Turin where he has produced a series of dominant displays at the centre of Juve’s defence. The Dutch defensive ace has registered three goals in 36 appearances for the Italian giants this season in multiple competitions.

The ex-Ajax defender has proven himself to be a rock at the back by averaging 1.1 tackles, 0.8 interceptions and 3.3 clearances per game in Serie A. He has even been excellent when interchanging possession with his teammates after completing 89.3% of his attempted passes in the Italian first division (stats via whoscored).

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CAGLIARI, ITALY – APRIL 09: Matthijs De Ligt of Juventus celebrates his goal 1-1 during the Serie A match between Cagliari Calcio v Juventus on April 09, 2022 in Cagliari, Italy. (Photo by Enrico Locci/Getty Images)
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Should Chelsea Head Coach Thomas Tuchel Move In For De Ligt This Summer?

De Ligt is usually a dominant presence on the defensive end of the pitch when he is playing with confidence every week. He can get stuck in with some solid tackles and can time his challenges well to make a few important interceptions at the back. The 22-year-old doesn’t mind putting his foot through the ball when needed. Furthermore, he can use his strong 1.89m frame to win his fair share of aerial duels.

De Ligt is also proficient at playing his way out from the back. Hence, a defender of his quality will be a brilliant acquisition for the Blues this summer.

We can expect de Ligt to inject a lot of quality into Thomas Tuchel‘s defence and could serve as a good replacement for Antonio Rudiger or Andreas Christensen if Chelsea fail to keep any of them beyond this summer.

With all things considered, it is only logical for the West London club to move in for the Juventus defensive ace as he could help bring even more success to Stamford Bridge over the next decade. Plus, Tuchel has got the experience to get the best out of de Ligt in the future.

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