Matthijs de Ligt has a £103m (€120m) release clause in his Juventus contract, which is due to expire in 2024; Chelsea are looking for defensive reinforcements in this transfer window, having seen Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen leave

Chelsea are interested in Juventus centre-back Matthijs de Ligt, reports Sky in Italy.

The 22-year-old Netherlands defender has a £103m (€120m) release clause in his Juventus contract, which is due to expire in 2024, and the club will only entertain offers close to that mark.

Juventus club chiefs met with De Ligt’s agent Rafaela Pimenta on Thursday, mainly to speak about Paul Pogba’s potential return to Turin.

Chelsea are looking for defensive reinforcements in this transfer window, having seen Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen leave upon the expiration of their contracts.

Juventus agreed to pay an initial fee of €75m (£67.8m) across five financial years to Ajax for De Ligt in 2019, making him the most expensive defender in Italian top-flight history.