Chelsea’s interest in Juventus star Matthijs de Ligt continues to be a topic of discussion in the Italian sports media.

The Blues have seen their first offer rejected and the Serie A side are aware the west London club’s new assault for the defender is very likely to take place this week.

That’s according to Gazzetta dello Sport, who state an offer of around €80m including bonuses will not please the Old Lady.

Last month, there were talks of Juve demanding his €120m clause to sanction the centre-back’s sale this summer.

They have ‘softened’ their stance now, but the intention is to get €80-90m as a fixed fee for the Netherlands international, who has decided against signing a new deal.

After offering Timo Werner, Gazzetta state Chelsea wouldn’t be against the idea of offering Jorginho and Christian Pulisic. However, Juventus remain cold to this idea.

The Dutchman is the first name on Thomas Tuchel’s target list and if it were down to the manager, then De Ligt would be Chelsea’s first defensive signing, according to the report.

Chelsea are taking time to formulate an improved offer, after their initial offer was turned down by Juve.

Corriere dello Sport explain Massimiliano Allegri’s side are ‘in a hurry’ to at least understand how this case will end.

With Chelsea leading the list of suitors, they explain the next week ‘can be decisive or at least significant’ in the race for De Ligt. The Blues have a ‘preferential channel’, but this must be converted into a concrete offer that can satisfy Juventus.

From Stamford Bridge, Corriere state, ‘work is underway to formalise’ a €75m offer for De Ligt. This proposal is likely to be rejected, but it will advance negotiations between the two clubs.

Both newspapers are stating Chelsea are leading the chase for De Ligt. With the west London club set to make an improved offer, it could be a decisive week to define his future.