CHELSEA would be in pole position to sign Matthijs de Ligt should the defender leave Juventus this summer.
The Blues are looking for a new centre-back in Antonio Rudiger to join Real Madrid on a free transfer.
Danish ace Andreas Christensen will also leave when his contract at Stamford Bridge expires at the end of the month.
The 26-year-old former Borussia Monchengladbach loanee has reportedly agreed to a switch to join La Liga giants Barcelona.
Boss Thomas Tuchel is known to be a huge admirer of Sevilla’s Jules Kounde, saying the west London outfit could make a move for him and De Ligt.
And according to Corriere dello Sport, the Holland international is firmly on Chelsea’s radar ahead of a potential transfer.
But it has been said they face competition from SIX European giants – including three Premier League clubs.
Champions Manchester City are keeping tabs on De Ligt, along with Liverpool and Manchester United.
Spanish rivals Real and Barca are also believed to be keen, as well as Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain.
Although the 22-year-old is tied to the Allianz Stadium until 2024, Juve are said to be afraid the player decides to leave.
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And should that be the case, the Italian outlet says Chelsea are in the best position to secure his services.
Indeed, they are desperate for a replacement for Rudiger with new owner Todd Boehly ready to invest heavily in the team.
De Ligt has fueled speculation over a possible exit earlier this month after admitting he could reject a new contract offer from the Old Lady.
Speaking to Dutch outlet NOS, he said: “Discussions are ongoing between me and Juventus.
“Once the right moment arrives, I will decide to extend or look further.”