Juventus rejected ‘unthinkable’ Chelsea offer for Daniele Rugani

The representative of Daniel Rugani has confirmed that Juventus turned down a significant offer from Chelsea to acquire the signature of his client. The Italy international had been earmarked as the prime candidate to bolster the Blues defence during the summer but the deal never materialized with the Bianconeri deeming the centre-back as indispensable.

Speaking to RMC Sport, agent Davide Torchia confirmed that the Blues had made a tempting offer for Rugani but the Bianconeri has no plans to part ways with the defender, he said: “Juventus have no desire to sell him, not even for a high price which, among other things, no-one in Italy could afford. However, the player has never asked to leave. Only when a very important offer arrives is it normal to listen, but Juventus have rejected all kinds of offers to keep him in Turin. Chelsea made a really big bid, which was close to being unthinkable for me, but Juventus didn’t relent.”

After facing their disappointment with Rugani, Chelsea never really looked for another centre-back before the transfer deadline. As a result, Blues Maurizio Sarri may have a sense of frustration over the proceedings, though the club are sufficiently covered in the central defensive department for the forthcoming season.

Despite failing to sign a new defender, the Blues made progress in the goalkeeping and midfield departments this summer and the latter, in particular, should favour them greatly with Mateo Kovacic and Jorginho bringing additional quality in the centre of the park. On the other hand, Juventus have had an excellent transfer window with Cristiano Ronaldo being their highlight signing.

Aside from the Portuguese, the Bianconeri have also wrapped deals for seven other players with the most recent of them being Leonardo Bonucci from Juventus. The Italy international returned to the Juventus stadium this month after spending a single season with AC Milan, where he could not deliver the promise of Champions League football.