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Chelsea set to ‘increase Daniele Rugani offer to £45m’ as Maurizio Sarri continues squad overhaul

Sarri worked with 6ft 3in centre-back Rugani at Empoli and — according to reports — has urged Marina Granovskaia to get the deal over the line

Chelsea are set to make an improved £45million offer for Juventus defender Daniele Rugani.

According to reports, the Blues are ready to up their £36m offer for the Italy international, 23.

Daniele Rugani has emerged as a top target for Chelsea, according to reports

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Daniele Rugani has emerged as a top target for Chelsea, according to reports

Rugani, left, greeted Cristiano Ronaldo when the Portuguese joined from Real Madrid earlier this month

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Rugani, left, greeted Cristiano Ronaldo when the Portuguese joined from Real Madrid earlier this month

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Rugani played under Maurizio Sarri at Empoli and is seen to have a bright future in the Azzurri defence.

Club director Marina Granovskaia, who is in charge of transfers at Stamford Bridge, is poised to table nearly £10m more than the original offer.

According to Goal, that was knocked back by the Serie A winners, who want a good price for the 6ft 3in centre back to fund their purchase of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Chelsea played their first pre-season game under Sarri last night as they beat Perth Glory 1-0 Down Under.


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Rugani has seven international caps to his name and is likely to be a future Azzurri star

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Rugani has seven international caps to his name and is likely to be a future Azzurri star

Rugani has been in pre-season training with Juventus after Italy missed out on playing in the World Cup

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Rugani has been in pre-season training with Juventus after Italy missed out on playing in the World Cup

Maurizio Sarri reacts after taking charge of his first non-competitive match with Chelsea in a 1-0 win over Perth Glory

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Maurizio Sarri reacts after taking charge of his first non-competitive match with Chelsea in a 1-0 win over Perth Glory

Chelsea beat Perth Glory 1-0 Down Under

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Chelsea beat Perth Glory 1-0 Down Under as Pedro grabbed the winner

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Pedro scored the winner for the Blues as Jorginho made his non-competitive debut against the A-League side.

They now head back to Europe for a friendly against Inter in Nice and another against Arsenal in Dublin, before the Community Shield on August 5 against Manchester City.

Meanwhile Chelsea are close to signing Pepe Reina from AC Milan, despite the fact the Spanish stopper joined the Rossoneri just days ago.

Sarri worked with the former Liverpool stopper at Napoli, where he made 111 appearances before joining Milan this summer.