Following the surprising primary transfer of Sadio Mane to Bayern Munich, the club is now targeting Dutch center-back Matthijs de Ligt.
In addition to Bayern, Chelsea are also intensely observing the 22-year-old. However, as „Sky“ journalist Florian Plettenberg reports, the defender only wants to go to Bayern. After the first talks with head coach Julian Nagelsmann and Hasan Salihamidzic, the Dutchman is convinced of the German record champions and is pushing for a move to Munich. Bayern are desperately looking for a new defense boss and Nagelsmann sees the ideal candidate in de Ligt.
Another advantage for Bayern: In Munich, the centre-back would meet his old friends Ryan Gravenberch and Noussair Mazraoui, with whom he once played at Ajax Amsterdam. Bayern was already after de Ligt in 2019 when he moved from Ajax to Juventus Turin. Bayern was in contact with the player’s entourage even after the failed transfer, which left a lasting impression on de Ligt.
According to „Sky“, negotiations between Juve and Bayern are progressing well. The Italians would be willing to let the central defender go from a fee of 70 to 80 million euros. Bayern’s fee should be 60 million euros. With further sales of players, one would be quite willing to improve this sum. According to „Sky“ information, Benjamin Pavard is considered a candidate for sale at the club.
According to Juventus‘ insider Romeo Agresti, Chelsea are far ahead in the deal for de Ligt, but the player only wants to go to Bayern.