Football NewsChelsea still linked with Matthijs de Ligt
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Chelsea keep linking up with Matthijs de Ligt and the window of opportunity could be about to open.


What did Maurizio Arrivabene say?

The Blues have gained support in their quest to take a Dutch player away from the Bianconeri, with Maurizio Arrivabene, Juventus’ CEO, acknowledging that the Serie A giants won’t keep a single player against their will. There have been speculations that Matthijs de Ligt is looking for an exit from Italy after three seasons in Turin. Heavyweights PL at Stamford Bridge are in the reinforcement market in the central half after Christensen and Ruediger’s loss to free agency, with Matthijs considered the top target.

Matthijs de Ligt completed a big money transfer from Ajax to the Bianconeri during the summer of 2019 and hosted 117 Italian outfit appearances. The defender, however, has struggled to produce his best form at times and Arrivabene said of any players informing Juventus they want to move on, it’s impossible to keep a player who wants to leave today. According to Maurizio Arrivabene, it’s not always about the money and if someone wants to go, you don’t just tell them it’s good, go ahead. Maurizio says it’s hard to keep a player, but everyone at the negotiating table should be happy. Whoever has money wins.


A little about Pogba

While Matthijs might be leaving the Allianz Stadium, with Dybala already leaving on a free transfer, Juventus are getting ready to welcome fresh faces through their doors. The deal is almost done for Angel Di Maria, while world championship winner Paul Pogba is also set to return to Turin after his Man Utd contract ends. Discussing how the deal for the teenager Pogba came about, Maurizio Arrivabene said that certain names were brought up in the meeting – some of which arrived, like Vlahovic.

Arrivabene says it was a case of opening the door, throwing out a name, everyone is looking at you like he’s crazy, and then, slowly, the machine starts up and builds the operation. Thus, Paul was born. From the question: “Why don’t we take Pogba?” Maurizio said. According to Arrivabene the idea is not enough, the idea is just a provocation, then they have to put it into practice.