Bayern Munich are reportedly ‘confident’ they can land Juventus’ Matthijs de Ligt but do not want to be drawn into a bidding war with Chelsea.
The Blues are believed to be very keen on the Dutch centre-half as Thomas Tuchel looks to bolster his defence.
Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger have both joined Barcelona and Real Madrid, respectively, after their contracts expired last month.
Tuchel’s side have been linked with numerous defenders with at least two likely to join the club this summer.
Sevilla’s Jules Kounde instantly emerged as a potential signing, especially after agreeing personal terms with Chelsea last year, however, rumours have slowed down in recent weeks.
And De Ligt is reportedly open to a move to Stamford Bridge and is on the radar of the Premier League club.
Chelsea ‘could face serious competition’ from Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich, according to the Evening Standard.
The Blues ‘hope to complete the signing’ of De Ligt or Manchester City centre-back Nathan Ake ‘this week’.
Bayern first tried to sign the 22-year-old from Ajax in 2019 but are now ‘confident’ they can beat the Londoners to the signature of the player.
Bayern are confident they can hijack Chelsea's bid for Matthijs de Ligt. Bayern do not want to be drawn into a bidding war with their wealthier Premier League rivals and have instead worked on convincing the player to reject a move to Chelsea [@NizaarKinsella] pic.twitter.com/PqpVycrHO5
— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) July 5, 2022
The German giants ‘do not want to be drawn into a bidding war’ with Chelsea but coach Julien Nagelsmann and sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic have ‘made contact’ with the player.
Juventus are believed to have softened their stance in recent days after initially pointing Chelsea towards paying De Ligt’s £103m release clause.
The Netherlands international is reportedly unwilling to renew his Juve contract which expires in two years.
Furthermore, Sky Germany correspondent Florian Plettenberg has revealed that De Ligt ‘wants to join Bayern’ after being ‘impressed’ by Salihamidzic and Nagelsmann.
A transfer fee is ‘expected’ to be anywhere between €60-80m, which could be a problem for Munich, who have no issue meeting the defender’s wage demands.
The Bundesliga outfit are now putting all of their energy into convincing De Ligt to reject Chelsea.
Also confirmed by Sport1 reporters Patrick Berger and Kerry Hau, De Ligt is ‘convinced’ by the Bayern project and has ‘verbally agreed personal terms’ over a move.
De Ligt will den Wechsel, den er 2019 schon wollte: zum #FCBayern! Er ist vom Projekt überzeugt, das Salihamidzic und Nagelsmann ihm aufgezeigt haben. Am Gehalt würde der Deal nicht scheitern, nur an der Ablöse. Die Verhandlungen starten zeitnah. @SPORT1 https://t.co/IGku278gOX
— Kerry Hau (@kerry_hau) July 5, 2022