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Chelsea emerge front runners to sign €120m Dutch star; chelsea targets €65m rated striker

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Chelsea could be favourites to sign Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt amid his ongoing contract stand-off.

The Dutchman is about to enter the final two years of his Bianconeri deal, and has no plans to renew unless his demands are met.

He currently has a €120 million release clause on his contract which will increase to €140m at the end of the 2022/23 campaign.

De Ligt is reluctant to put pen-to-paper on a long-term deal unless the Bianconeri lower the buy-out clause to €70-80m.

This could pave the way for his departure. Corriere dello Sport claims that the Blues will be favourites to sign him in this case.

The west London giants are planning to purchase at least one centre-back after the free transfer exits of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen.

They are prepared to spend big on a marquee signing, and it remains to be seen whether they will pay a club-record fee for De Ligt.

Sevilla’s Jules Kounde has been highlighted as a top target, but his upcoming hamstring operation could deter the Blues from signing him.

chelsea targets €65m rated striker

Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku is planning to report for pre-season training at the earliest in order to sort out his future.

The 29-year-old rejoined the Blues from Inter Milan for €115 million last summer, and there were high expectations from him.

He was expected to propel Chelsea towards the Premier League trophy, but nothing of that sort happened in the end.

Lukaku started off brilliantly with three goals from three league games, but netted only five more for the top-flight season.

Ahead of next season, there is already talk of him leaving the club. Inter are planning to re-sign him on a two-year loan deal.

The temporary move could cost around €25 million while the Nerazzurri are also planning to propose an option to buy for €60 million.

The Blues are undecided over Lukaku’s future, but the Belgian could try and push through his exit over the coming weeks.

Chelsea have identified Napoli’s Victor Osimhen as a possible replacement. They have learned the asking price for Napoli’s Victor Osimhen will be €65m, according to a report.

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