£86M signing to solve big problem at Chelsea – fans are told

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Matthijs de Ligt will sort out any problems Chelsea have in defence, Frank Lebeouf reckons – with reports the Juventus star wants to join the Blues

The fact that a number of players are already gone – with a few more expected to leave the club should the right offer come in – and Tuchel will need to sign some top-class players over the next few months

And that has again led to many reports in the media which has suggested that the club are lining up a move for De Ligt after learning that he is having trouble agreeing a new contract with Juventus

Now reports in the media have revealed that the powerhouse defender has handed in a transfer request in order to force through a potential move to Stamford Bridge

The lack of success Juventus have enjoyed since his arrival has apparently caused De Ligt to want to leave – and according to Chelsea icon Leboeuf – he would really solve the defensive issues that we have

He told ESPN: “De Ligt was struggling at first at Juventus, but he showed [his quality] when playing for Ajax.

“He [also] showed last season that he is capable of dealing with any striker.

“With the experience of Thiago Silva, with the help of Edouard Mendy and with N’Golo Kante in front of him, I am sure he can sort any problems out.”

Juventus had initially pointed Chelsea in the direction of the player’s £103m release clause when they first enquired about a deal. However, doubts over whether De Ligt will sign an extension could now see them accept around £86m, providing a makeweight is included.

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