Napoli manager Carlo Ancelotti is plotting a £26m bid to sign Chelsea FC defender David Luiz, according to a report in Italy.
Italian media outlet Il Mattino, as quoted by the Sun, is reporting that Ancelotti is planning a raid on his former club to improve the Napoli defense.
The same article states that Napoli is looking to capitalize on negotiations with Chelsea FC over Maurizio Sarri to lure Luiz to Naples this summer.
According to the same story, Chelsea FC would be willing to sell Luiz to free up funds to complete a £35m deal for Italian defender Daniele Rugani.
Luiz struggled to break into Antonio Conte’s team in the Premier League last term despite being a key part of the Italian’s defense in their title-winning campaign in 2016-17.
Chelsea FC is facing uncertainty surrounding their managerial position following relentless speculation linking Sarri with Conte’s role.
The Blues finished in the fifth spot in the Premier League last season to miss out on a spot in the Champions League for the second time in three campaigns.
The west London side were 1-0 winners against Manchester United in the FA Cup final thanks to Eden Hazard’s winner from the penalty spot.
Chelsea FC make £35m bid for first summer signing – report
Chelsea FC has made a £35m bid to try and sign Daniele Rugani from Juventus and make him their first summer signing, according to reports in the British media.
The Evening Standard is reporting that the Blues are keen on a deal to bring the Juventus defender to Stamford Bridge this summer as they look to bolster their options at the back ahead of next season.
The same report says that the west London side is hoping that Rugani can become the first signing of the Maurizio Sarri era at Stamford Bridge, with the Italian manager widely tipped to succeed Antonio Conte this summer.
Rugani has been strongly linked with a move to Chelsea FC in recent days and the 23-year-old is widely regarded to be one of the top young defenders in European football.
According to the same story, Rugani is prepared to leave Juventus this summer after having started only 22 games in Serie A for the Italian side last season.
The west London side is said to be preparing the offer of a five-year contract for Rugani, worth £60,000 a week, which is around double what he currently earns.
Chelsea FC finished in fifth place in the Premier League and won the FA Cup last season under Conte.