Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Chelsea make £35m bid for Rugani

Chelsea have made a £35million bid for Juventus defender Daniele Rugani and hope to make him

Maurizio Sarri ’s first signing as manager.

Sarri will be confirmed as Chelsea’s new head coach as soon as the club reach a compensation agreement with Napoli and their current coach, Antonio Conte. But, with just over six weeks left of the transfer window remaining, Chelsea have yet to make any signings.

The club have been in talks with Sarri’s representative Fali Ramadani for several weeks about the 59-year-old taking over from Conte and an attempt to sign Rugani has been discussed.

The Italy international played under Sarri during an impressive two-year loan spell at Empoli between 2013-15 before establishing himself in the first team at Juventus.

But Rugani, who has three years remaining on his contract, started only 22 games in Serie A last season and is prepared to move.

At 23, he fits Chelsea’s transfer policy profile but they still face a tough task convincing Juventus to sell.

However, the Blues are preparing a five-year contract worth around £60,000-a-week - double what Rugani earns in Turin - to entice him to Stamford Bridge.

Rugani’s arrival could also see senior players like David Luiz, who started just nine League games due to various injury problems last season, leave.

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