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Chelsea make first bid for Juventus defender Mattia Caldara

Chelsea are focusing their negotiations with Juventus on signing Mattia Caldara.

La Repubblica says Chelsea tabled a first bid of €40m to Juve over the weekend for the young centre-half.

The Blues made the move after abandoning their pursuit of Juve teammate Daniele Rugani. His €50m valuation was regarded as too rich by the Londoners.

Instead, the focus is now on Caldara, who has just returned to Turin after a successful loan with Atalanta.

Rugani, meanwhile, could be offered to AC Milan in exchange for Leonardo Bonucci, who is a confirmed target for Juve GM Beppe Marotta.

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