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Chelsea Given A Swap Deal For This Juventus Defender: Should Tuchel Make A Move?

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In a recent report, Express mentioned that Chelsea, who have been showing serious interest in Matthis De Ligt from Juventus, have been offered a swap deal for the centre-back. The Italian giants are understood to be interested in Timo Werner and they have reportedly told the Blues that a deal could be materialised if Werner was to be swapped with De Ligt.

De Ligt’s Campaign For Juventus Last Season

De Ligt had a solid campaign at the Allianz Stadium producing several dominant displays at the heart of the Old Lady’s backline last season. The 37-time Netherlands international scored three goals and created one assist over 42 appearances in the last campaign across all fronts.

The former Ajax star performed well to average 1.1 tackles, 0.8 interceptions and 3.1 clearances per game in Serie A. He was impressive when distributing the ball from the back, completing 88.9% of his attempted passes in the Italian first division (stats via whoscored).

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BOLOGNA, ITALY – DECEMBER 18: USA BArrow of Bologna FC ( R ) competes for the ball with Matthijs De Ligt of Juventus ( L ) during the Serie A match between Bologna FC and Juventus at Stadio Renato Dall’Ara on December 18, 2021, in Bologna, Italy. (Photo by Mario Carlini / Iguana Press/Getty Images)
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Should Chelsea Boss Thomas Tuchel Make A Move?

De Ligt has a strong presence at the defensive third of the pitch. He can make some solid tackles and a few timely interceptions to win the ball back for his side. With a tall frame of 1.89m, the Dutch powerhouse can dominate his opponents in the air and doesn’t hesitate in throwing his body on the line to block an inbound shot. He can sense the danger quickly and clear his lines to stop the attackers in their tracks.

The Blues are in need of defensive reinforcements after the departure of Antonio Rudiger and De Ligt fits the bill perfectly. Thomas Tuchel had already been in doubt for his attacker Timo Werner to get back in form and wanted to cash in on him. The fact that Juventus are interested in him makes it more than beneficial for Tuchel as he could acquire the services of De Ligt and also get away without paying a huge sum for the Netherlands international.
Thomas Tuchel would be wise to bring him to Stamford Bridge this off-season and there will come no better deal for Timo Werner, so he should definitely go for the swap deal as it favours both the sides.

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