Chelsea were persistently linked with Juventus defender Daniele Rugani during the summer, and many reports at the time claimed that the 24-year-old will be one of Maurizio Sarri’s first signing at Stamford Bridge.
The deal for Rugani never went through as Juve held on to the defender, and Rugani’s agent David Torchia has confirmed that Chelsea were truly interested in Rugani and made strong attempts to sign the Italian.
“Chelsea made a very strong push to negotiate, Juve evaluated it, but the player never asked to leave,” Torchia told RMC Sport radio.
“His objective was to earn his place in the starting XI. Juve believed in the player and we’ll discuss it during the contract renewal talks.
“It expires in 2021, so there is no urgency, but we cannot wait too long either.”
Nevertheless, Chelsea ended up not strengthening the backline, as Sarri opted to stick with four of his experienced centre-backs – Antonio Rudiger, David Luiz, Gary Cahill and Andreas Christensen, as well as the young and buzzing Ethan Ampadu. Another centre-back Kurt Zouma even had to be sent out on loan due to the competition in Chelsea’s defensive set-up.
So far, Sarri might not even need to make a signing in defence anytime soon as Luiz and Rudiger has already formed a good partnership at the back, while Cahill and Christensen have also impressed when called upon. While Cahill and Luiz might not have age on their side as they are already in their 30s, Rudiger, Christensen, Zouma and Ampadu are still 25 and under.