Chelsea joined the race to sign £70m-rated defensive rock

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Chelsea have joined the crowded race to secure services of highly-rated defender Matthijs De Ligt according to Mundo Deportivo reports.

Whilst Chelsea have been rumoured with De Ligt, it is worth noting that teams all over Europe are reportedly interested in the securing the services of a talented defender with Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Juventus leading the race to for his signature.

The young Dutchman has caught the attention of to teams across the Europea in the last two campaigns following his fine form at Ajax where he has become a captain at the age of 18. making him the youngest person to ever captain the Duch giants.

Alongside new Barcelona, I am signing Frenkie De Jong and AS Roma forward Justin Kluivert, De Ligt has been one of the best products of world-famous Ajax Academy who have played for the first-team before leaving the club for another top team.

He impressed in Ajax’s recent Champions League game against Real Madrid and Mundo Deportivo claimed that the scouts of Chelsea were in the attendance and kept close tabs on the defender.

This may be a further indicator that Sarri and the board are looking to decrease the average with Chelsea having the sixth oldest squad in the English top-tier, according to Transfermarkt.

Eintracht Frankfurt prolific forward Luka Jovic has also been on the Blues radar alongside with Cagliari’s midfielder Nicolo Barella in the last month as the Blues look to move towards a new era in West London