Chelsea transfer news: Blues offer £40m for defender Mattia Caldara after switching focus from Juventus teammate Daniele Rugani

29 Jul

Chelsea have reportedly submitted a £40m bid for Mattia Caldara, having cooled their interest in his teammate Daniele Rugani.

The Blues were heavily linked with a move for 24-year-old, Italian, Juventus centre-back Rugani, however are now instead eyeing a different 24-year-old, Italian, Juventus centre-back.

Caldara is now Chelsea’s main defensive target

According to La Repubblica, Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia met with Juve’s Fabio Paratici in Nice after the London club’s pre-season friendly against Inter.

The end result of this meeting is that a €45m (£40m) offer has been submitted with the aim of bringing Caldara to Stamford Bridge.

This complicates Milan’s negotiations with the Old Lady, as they were eyeing a Mattia Caldara-Leonardo Bonucci swap deal.

Rugani’s future at Juventus is still unclear.

Chelsea transfer news: Blues bid for Mattia Caldara as they also look to sign his Juventus team-mate Daniele Rugani

20 Jul

Chelsea have submitted a bid to sign Juventus defender Mattia Caldara, according to reports.

Caldara, the centre-back, has yet to make an appearance for Juve following his arrival at the club in January 2017. He came through Atalanta’s impressive academy and established himself as one of Serie A’s best defenders at the Atleti Azzurri d’Italia, before Juve bought him and loaned him back to Atalanta until the summer of 2018.

Caldara won his first cap for Italy at the end of last season

He is now back at Juve for pre-season, but there are questions being raised about his future as Chelsea and Borussia Dortmund are interested in the 24-year-old.

In fact, according to Calciomercato, the Blues have already made an official approach for Caldara, submitting a bid worth around £27million (€30m).

However, Juventus do not want to sell the Italy international and are said to have instantly rejected the bid.

Caldara is not the only Juve defender Chelsea are hoping to sign this summer, with a deal to bring Daniele Rugani to Stamford Bridge in the works.

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Chelsea are close to making Rugani their second signing of the summer

Rugani, as talkSPORT told you earlier this month, is set to join Chelsea for £35m. The central defender will sign a long-term contract worth over £70,000-a-week.