Italian source: Juventus put Daniele Rugani talks on hold with Chelsea waiting in the wings
- The Serie A champions aren't going to discuss the centre-back's future until January
- Chelsea made 'a strong approach' for the Italian in the summer, his agent revealed
- But Rugani reportedly had no desire to leave then
- However, his contract talks with Juve have been put on hold
It has been reported earlier that Chelsea and Juventus have met repeatedly over the summer, but in the end, the Italian side took a stance and told Daniele Rugani's agent they will not sell him.
Juventus hope that new contract will help to keep Rugani in Turin. The centre-back currently earns €2 million per year including bonuses, but his new deal would see him earn €2.5 million a year plus almost €1 million in performance-related bonuses.
However, Italian outlet Calcio Mercato understand that the Serie A giants aren't going to discuss Rugani's future until January.
I think Rugani will leave Juve but not in January, just not good enough to play regularly for them— David Amoyal (@DavidAmoyal) December 6, 2018
Davide Torchia, the player's agent, has now told RMC Sport radio a few more details about the Blues approach: "Chelsea made a very strong push to negotiate, Juve evaluated it, but the player never asked to leave. His objective was to earn his place in the starting XI.
"Juve believed in the player and we'll discuss it during the contract renewal talks. It expires in 2021, so there is no urgency, but we cannot wait too long either."
The Board need to sit up and sign good players like Fekir,Pulisic,Rugani and Icardi,otherwise we will loose Hazard to Madrid https://t.co/LEDcYfiFU4— LapostaDeLampard (@de_laposta) December 6, 2018
Chelsea were eager to buy the Juventus centre-back in the summer, but the move did not materialize. According to Calcio Mercato, the Blues were ready to offer €40 million for the defender, with up to €5 million in bonuses.
Also, Corriere dello Sport claimed a couple of weeks ago that Rugani has had a 'long conversation' with Juventus directors about his desire to leave for Roma. The talks have reportedly ended with both parties reaching an agreement.