Chelsea offer £40m for Caldara after switching focus from Juve teammate Rugani

Chelsea have reportedly submitted a £40m bid for Mattia Caldara, having cooled their interest in his teammate Daniele Rugani.

The Blues were heavily linked with a move for 24-year-old, Italian, Juventus centre-back Rugani, however are now instead eyeing a different 24-year-old, Italian, Juventus centre-back.

According to La Repubblica, Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia met with Juve’s Fabio Paratici in Nice after the London club’s pre-season friendly against Inter.

The end result of this meeting is that a €45m (£40m) offer has been submitted with the aim of bringing Caldara to Stamford Bridge.

This complicates Milan’s negotiations with the Old Lady, as they were eyeing a Mattia Caldara-Leonardo Bonucci swap deal.

Rugani’s future at Juventus is still unclear.