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Juventus demand £45m for Daniele Rugani as Chelsea hold talks in Italy

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Chelsea discover asking price for Juventus star during secret meeting in Italy
Daniele Rugani is valued at around £45m (Picture: Getty)

Chelsea will have to cough up £45million for Juventus star Daniele Rugani after holding talks with the Serie A giants in Italy.

Maurizio Sarri has identified the 23-year-old as his primary defensive target after voicing concerns about the strength of Chelseas central defence.

Sarris late appointment means Chelsea have had to accelerate their transfer business and Blues director Marina Granovskaia was in Italy on Thursday to speak to Juventus.

The meeting was primarily to discuss Rugani, as Chelsea believe the Old Lady are more than willing to sell Gonzalo Higuain for the right price.

Chelsea discover asking price for Juventus star during secret meeting in Italy
Rugani is keen on moving to Chelsea (Picture: Getty)

However, Chelsea were told they will have to pay around £45m for Rugani and the Blues are unwilling to stretch that far, according to the Sun.

That would put a double deal for Rugani and Higuain in the region of £115m – a heavy outlay for the Blues consdiering theyve already signed Jorginho for £52m.

Chelsea discover asking price for Juventus star during secret meeting in Italy
Chelsea are also interested in Higuain (Picture: Getty)

Juventus publicly admitted theyre considering selling Higuain but denied theyd received a concrete offer from Chelsea.

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Chelsea will let Alvaro Morata leave to fund a move for Higuain but the club want £62m from interested party AC Milan.

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