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    Good for Chelsea: Juventus are lining up replacements for Daniele Rugani

    Italian outlet Tuttosport are today reporting that Juventus are eyeing Ajax’s Matthijs De Ligt and Atletico Madrid’s Diego Godin as replacements for Daniele Rugani.

    This is extremely good news for Chelsea as the Blues are said to be very keen on signing the young Italian and if Juventus are already looking for his replacement, this can surely only be a good thing for Chelsea.

    Rising star

    Rugani began his senior career with Italian side Empoli. He debuted for them in 2013 and would go on to make 81 appearances for them, scoring five and assisting two in that time.

    Rugani’s excellent two seasons at Empoli would attract the attention of Juventus who Rugani had previously played for at a youth level.

    Juventus would then resign Rugani in February of 2015 for just £4.5 million. Rugani was loaned back to Empoli for the remainder of the 2014/15 season.

    Since signing for Juventus Rugani has played 67 games in all competitions for the Italian giants, scoring five and assisting two.

    This past season Rugani made 26 appearances for Juventus. However, he has failed to hold down a regular starting place.

    So, if Chelsea do come in for him, Rugani may very well be open to a move to London as it would likely mean more first-team football.

    LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 06: Antonio Conte, Manager of Chelsea reacts during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on May 6, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

    Off the field issues

    Given Chelsea’s current managerial situation, you might not expect them to be signing anyone until they have a clear idea of who their manager will be for the 2018/19 season.

    It’s well known that Antonio Conte is very likely to leave Stamford Bridge this summer.

    However, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is reluctant to sack Conte, as that will involve a £9m payoff for the last year of his contract.

    Maurizio Sarri is the favourite to become the next Chelsea boss. But even though Sarri has already left Napoli and has been replaced by Carlo Ancelotti, Chelsea would still have to pay Napoli around £4.5 million in compensation for Sarri.

    As a result, it doesn’t look like Chelsea’s managerial crisis will be resolved anytime soon. But that has not stopped Chelsea’s recruitment team eyeing Rugani as a potential target this summer.

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