Why Werner-De Ligt swap makes no sense for Juventus

Chelsea are reportedly ready to offer Timo Werner as part of the deal to sign Matthijs de Ligt, but such a move would not make sense for Juventus, writes Lorenzo Bettoni.

The Dutch centre-back sees his contract expire in June 2024 and has been negotiating a new deal with the Old Lady for a few weeks. However, during the latest meeting with Juventus this week, his representative Rafaela Pimenta didn’t reach an agreement over a new contract and informed the club that his client is open to moving to the Premier League.

Chelsea have emerged as the No.1 candidate to secure his services but are unwilling to match his €125m release clause, which will raise to €140m during the final year of his contract at the Allianz Stadium.

De Ligt is not pushing to leave, but Juventus would consider selling him in the summer if he rejects a contract extension from the club. According to Sky Sport Italia, Chelsea are unwilling to offer more than €40-45m for the Dutch defender, plus Timo Werner.

Chelsea offer Werner or Pulisic to Juventus in De Ligt bid

However, such a move would make no sense for the Bianconeri, who saw Giorgio Chiellini leave only a few weeks ago. De Ligt, Leonardo Bonucci, Daniele Rugani and Serie A debutant Federico Gatti are the only centre-bacs available at the Allianz Stadium at the moment and Juventus would need to sign a top-class defender if De Ligt leaves.

Although €40m would be enough to sign Gleison Bremer from Torino or Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli, Juventus would need more money from the sale of De Ligt, also considering his current release clause. Only a sale for a fee close to €100m could make sense for the Serie A giants who would buy a new centre-back and put some money in the bank with such a deal.

One of Juventus’ targets is to make the team more sustainable and cut their wage bill, so signing a player like Werner, who gets more than €10m per season at Stamford Bridge, would be not affordable for the Bianconeri who are looking for a backup for Dusan Vlahovic, but have targeted cheaper strikers, such as Bologna‘s Marko Arnautovic.

Christian Pulisic is another Chelsea player linked with a potential move to Juventus in a swap deal for De Ligt and this could make more sense for Juve even if the USMNT international’s wages are in the region of €7m per season. The Bianconeri are on the lookout for a new winger but would still need to get more cash from the Blues.

An offer in the region of €45m will never be enough for the Serie A giants who bought De Ligt from Ajax in an €85.5m deal in 2019.

 

4 Comments on “Why Werner-De Ligt swap makes no sense for Juventus”

  1. disgraceful numbers, and werner is a laughing stock. koulibaly will never join us he preserves his legacy by being loyal.

  2. Nothing makes sense anymore with this Juventus management. Not having grown ups like Marotta and once upon a time Moggi has them either not making moves, making wrong turns and being indecisive. Bremer has verbally agreed to join the snakes, Fiorentina will be reluctant to lose Milenkovic and ADL is too difficult to deal with. I remember the days when Juventus could snatch players from any team. Players would walk a mile in barefoot to just have a chance to put on the famous white and black stripes. The lesson with Di Maria shows us that we do not command the appeal once had. Ronaldo was a gift, but players in their prime are needed.

  3. Werner is not bad but valued at 30m most (Chelsea will be more than happy to offload him at 30m).
    Werner + 60m is the minimum amount.
    Big chance Koulibaly will play for Juve. Only Barca and Juve r seriously interested and the former have fund issue. He won’t sign the extension with Napoli and ADL has to accept Juven’s offer around 30m. Otherwise Juve could go for Bremer for that amount.

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