Chelsea have made contact with Juventus for Matthijs de Ligt in recent days, according to Sky Italia.

The Blues want to bolster their defence and one of the targets Thomas Tuchel ‘likes so much’ is the Serie A star. The manager has expressly requested his signing this summer.

In order to convince the Old Lady, Chelsea would like to include Timo Werner as part of the deal. The German has given his approval to joining Juve and the club like the forward.

There is ‘great distance’ between supply and demand, with Chelsea ‘still offering a figure that does not satisfy’ Juventus.

Sky add the two sides haven’t started the ‘real negotiation’ for the former Ajax man, and have only held talks to understand the conditions to carry out the operation.

The Netherlands international has a €120m release clause in his contract, and therefore, Massimiliano Allegri’s side feel in a position of strength.

Juve don’t want to part ways with him, unless they are satisfied by an important offer or players included as part of the deal.

Claims made by Sky Italia are also echoed by Sport Mediaset, who state Chelsea have ‘seriously come forward’ to sign the Dutchman. They also state Tuchel’s side could look to include Werner in negotiations, backing up the other report.