Chelsea offer Christian Pulisic in bid to sign Matthijs de Ligt from Juventus

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Matthijs de Ligt is one of Chelsea’s top targets this summer (Getty)

Chelsea have offered Christian Pulisic to Juventus in their bid to sign Matthijs de Ligt, according to reports.

Chelsea’s new co-owner Todd Boehly has held extensive talks with Thomas Tuchel about strengthening the squad and De Ligt has been identified as one of the top priorities for the summer window.

Juventus have already turned down Chelsea’s offer of €40m (£34.4m) million plus Timo Werner for De Ligt.

And according to MailOnline, Chelsea are now including Pulisic as part of their negotiations for the Netherlands international.

The report claims that Juventus would prefer to sign Pulisic ahead of Werner, while Chelsea are reluctant to trigger De Ligt’s €120m (£103m) release clause.

It’s understood that Juventus wanted €70m (£60.3m) plus Werner for De Ligt, or an outright €100m (£86.4m) fee for the Dutch defender.

Christian Pulisic struggled for playing time at Chelsea last season
Christian Pulisic struggled for playing time at Chelsea last season (Getty)

Pulisic, meanwhile, started just 13 games in the Premier League last season and is set to face an increased competition for a place due to the likely arrivals of Raphinha and Raheem Sterling.

Speaking about his future earlier this month, Pulisic said: ‘Of course, I want to get more playing time.

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‘I want to be on the field as much as I can and be the sharpest I can be and fit as well.

‘I think I still got a lot of games, but it’s always something that I’m working at and trying to be regular at club level as well to put myself in the best position to be fit when I come here with the national team.’

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