Chelsea are one of the frontrunners to acquire Matthijs de Ligt, who has been linked with a move to Tottenham. However, Juventus would only sell the defender if a club can pay his €120 million (£100 million) release clause.
Juventus only want a club-record amount for De Ligt, according to Tuttosport via CalcioMercto, but the west London club, along with FC Barcelona, Bayern Munich, and Paris Saint-Germain, are all interested in signing the Netherlands international this summer, according to the publication.
According to the source, the Bianconeri are anxious to maintain hold of De Ligt this summer. However, if a club like Chelsea comes in with a £100 million bid for the defender, the Bianconeri will be unable to refuse. Tottenham are also interested in the former Ajax star.
Spurs and Juventus are both major admirers of De Ligt, as previously reported by CalcioMercato. Signing the Juventus centre-back would be a significant statement of intent for both Tottenham and the Italian pair, who have previously shown their interest in the player.
However, given the reputation of Daniel Levy’s astute business methods in European sport, Juventus’ single condition for a prospective sale this summer may be much above what Tottenham are capable of providing.
Indeed, even for a club like Chelsea or PSG, signing De Ligt this summer would be a significant financial commitment, and Tottenham will simply be unable to satisfy Juventus’ demands for the Netherlands superstar.
Tottenham’s signing of De Ligt would be one of the most spectacular signings the club has ever made, but with Juventus stating their strict demands for the defender, it is evident that a deal is more of a dream than a reality.
As previously said, £100 million is an impossible asking price for even the most powerful teams in the world, much alone Tottenham, and the recent update from Juventus should encourage the north London club to set even higher goals for themselves ahead of the summer transfer window.