Juventus Transfer News: Mattia Caldara Exit Rumours Continue; Dortmund Linked

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistJuly 23, 2018

NICE, FRANCE - JUNE 01:  Mattia Caldara of Italy in action during the International Friendly match between France and Italy at Allianz Riviera Stadium on June 1, 2018 in Nice, France.  (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
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Borussia Dortmund have reportedly offered Juventus €35 million to sign promising centre-back Mattia Caldara, who has also been linked with Chelsea.

According to CalcioMercato.com's Fabrizio Romano (via Sam Wilson), Dortmund have made it clear they will continue to push for the 24-year-old if the Bianconeri reject their current offer. Juventus are said to value Caldara at €45 million.

Earlier this month, Sky Sport Italia (h/t Sport Witness' Naveen Ullal) reported Juventus were set to resist all offers for Caldara. The latest reports indicate Chelsea remain keen on his team-mate Daniele Rugani, but Caldara is also an option for the Blues.

The Italy international, whose only cap was in June, has yet to make his debut for Juventus but has already seemingly surpassed Rugani in the pecking order. Purchased in January 2017, Juventus sent him back on loan to Atalanta for 18 months, where he continued his development.

He was officially presented as a Juventus player in July:

JuventusFC @juventusfcen

👍 for our new 🏳🏴 defender, Mattia Caldara! 📸 | https://t.co/3zZ1Iu1AM3 #WelcomeToJU #CaldaraDay https://t.co/swHsYT1a5F

Known for his physical strength and aerial prowess, Caldara is expected to be integrated into the team gradually, as Juventus already have a number of veteran options at the position. Giorgio Chiellini and Medhi Benatia are the likely starters, with Andrea Barzagli and Rugani also in the mix.

That much depth means Juventus could be tempted into a sale, although they're unlikely to cash in on such a special talent unless the offer is substantial. It's hard to see a club like BVB or Chelsea pay such money for a relatively untested defender.

It's worth noting the Blues, in particular, have been linked with a whole army of Juventus players, and it's hard to determine which ones they're legitimately interested in:

Simon Phillips @SiPhillipsSport

I think just to make it easier for you guys, my future transfer reports will go as this.. ‘Chelsea are closing in on Juventus’ #Rugani #Higuain #Caldara #Pjanic

Out of all possible targets, Caldara is perhaps least likely to leave Turin, without having played a single match for the Old Lady.