Chelsea are making progress in their pursuit of Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt.
That is after his current club Juventus softened their stance on his price, although suggestions that the Serie A club were prepared to take Timo Werner or Jorginho in part exchange appear wide of the mark.
At this stage the Italian side are only interested in straight cash deal for the 22 year old Dutch international.
De Ligt has been offered a new deal by Juventus, but talks have broken down after what he judged to be unacceptable terms, which included a pay cut.
However, the West London club may not have things entirely their own way, with Bayern Munch having enquired about his availability, and Manchester City having shown late interest.
However, if Chelsea are prepared to move fast enough and show some flexibility when it comes to negotiation, there Is increasing confidence that a deal can be done.
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