Chelsea are reportedly willing to splash a club-record fee to sign Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt next summer.
The Blues were keen on landing Sevilla’s Jules Kounde last month, but failed to negotiate a suitable fee with the La Liga outfit.
They were willing to pay around €50 million up front, but the Spanish side were reluctant to sell him for less than €65m
The club have now cooled their interest in the Frenchman, and will prioritise a move for De Ligt at the end of the campaign.
The Bianconeri consider De Ligt as an indispensable player, but the Blues are ready to test their resolve with a €120m bid.
Thomas Tuchel‘s side are loaded with central defensive options, but they could lose two of their main centre-backs next summer.
Meanwhile, Rudiger has turned down multiple contract offers from the Blues. He is on the radar of Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain.