Despite only bringing in striker Romelu Lukaku from Inter Milan in the summer transfer window in a deal worth close to £100 million, in addition to central midfielder Saul Niguez on loan from Ateltico Madrid, there was the general feeling around the club that another centre back was high on their agenda.
The player burst onto the European football scene with Ajax, as part of the club’s highly successful 2018/19 Champions League campaign that saw them impressively reach the semi-final, with a star-studded team of young talent.
Still, only 22, the player is regarded as one of the highest-rated in his position in the game. While the player’s contract runs until 2024 it is thought that Chelsea could offer attacker Timo Werner in a cash-plus-player deal.
Would De Ligt complete the Chelsea squad?
It is thought that the Blues have one of the most complete squads in the Premier League – if not Europe, though it is viewed that adding a top class centre back would make them formidable in both domestic and European competitions.
Having won the Champions League last season, they are many people’s favourites to follow that up with a Premier League title this time out, particularly having brought the prolific Lukaku back to the club, who has had a remarkable start to the campaign.
Tuchel likes his sides to have players who are comfortable on the ball, especially defenders who can play out from the back and De Ligt, having rolled off the impressive Ajax production line, certainly fits the bill.
Also boasting one of the best youth setups in the country, Chelsea have a great blend of established, quality players in addition to a strong talent pool of fledglings emerging from their academy.
Winter or Summer for De Ligt to arrive at Chelsea?
It is very rare that the Blues enter the transfer market in January and barring any major injuries to defenders, it is likely that Chelsea would wait until next summer to complete the transfer.
It is also a deal that is likely to take a long time to complete, especially if Werner is included in the transaction and January leaves a short timeframe for this to be completed.
For Chelsea, it is so far, so good this season and if they win the Premier League and also retain the Champions League, the Blues could be a very attractive prospect for De Ligt next summer.
A former Press Association Sports Journalist (NCTJ – National Council for the Training of Journalists), now based in Lisbon, Matt also has over a decade of experience working with the top operator brands. These include Coral, BetVictor, and numerous others, having held a number of senior positions and still retains strong industry relationships. He enjoys reading, writing, travelling, all things business, sport, meeting new people, learning new things and also holds football coaching qualifications.