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Chelsea Reportedly Bid €40M for Juventus' Mattia Caldara

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistJuly 29, 2018

HARRISON, NJ - JULY 28: Mattia Caldara #13 of Juventus during the first half at the International Champions Cup at Red Bull Arena on July 28, 2018 in Harrison, New Jersey.  (Photo by Elsa/International Champions Cup/Getty Images)
Elsa/International Champions Cup/Getty Images

Chelsea have reportedly made a bid of around €40 million (£35.6 million) plus add-ons for Juventus defender Mattia Caldara.

According to Corriere dello Sport (h/t Calciomercato.com's Kaustubh Pandey), the offer follows on from Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia's visit to Italy, with the Blues having turned their attention to Caldara from Juve team-mate and fellow centre-back Daniele Rugani.

It's said the Bianconeri want a fee in the region of €50 million (£44.5 million), but Chelsea are trying to tempt them into taking a lower offer.

Juventus signed Caldara in January last year, but part of the agreement was that he remained with Atalanta until this summer.

The 24-year-old, who has scored 10 goals in 55 Serie A appearances, joined up with the Bianconeri this pre-season.

Football writer Adam Digby is a huge admirer of the centre-back, who has also been linked with a swap deal for AC Milan's Leonardo Bonucci:

Adam Digby @Adz77

Let’s assume it’s true. #ACMilan get rid of their highest paid player (Bonucci) who doesn’t want to be there but get an immediate replacement in Caldara who is the very best defender of his generation

With Giorgio Chiellini set to turn 34 on August 14 and Andrea Barzagli already 37, it's clear Juve's long-term plan has been to transition to a new generation of defenders in Rugani and Caldara.

The latter, in particular, is well on his way to becoming a highly impressive player in his own right, though journalist David Amoyal and Bleacher Report's Gianni Verschueren can see why the Bianconeri might be tempted to let him leave without kicking a ball in a competitive game for the club:

Gianni Verschueren @ReverschPass

@DavidAmoyal @AlexMcGovern11 That was my argument as well. With Ronaldo in Turin, you're in win-now mode, and that may mean sacrificing future potential. I would hate to see him go, but there's solid reasoning behind such a move

Gary Cahill turns 33 in December, so it's of little surprise Chelsea are targeting a younger centre-back to join their ranks alongside Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger.

If Juve can be persuaded to part with Caldara, he would be a superb buy for the Blues.

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