Bayern Munich chief executive Hasan Salihimidzic has headed towards Italy to kickstart negotiations with Juventus for Matthijs de Ligt.
As per Fabrizio Romano, the Bavarians have decided to step up their interest in the sought-after Dutch centre-back amid growing speculation linking Chelsea with the ex-Ajax man.
Bayern have already pulled off a massive deal this summer as they convinced Liverpool to sanction Sadio Mane's blockbuster switch to the Allianz Arena.
However, the perennial Bundesliga champions have no intention of putting the brakes on their spending spree as they now aim to add more strength to their backline.
Despite experiencing mixed fortunes in Turin over the past couple of years, de Ligt has emerged as Bayern's number one priority to reinforce their porous defence.
Aware of Chelsea's genuine interest in the 22-year-old, the Bundesliga heavyweights are moving forward with their pursuit of the highly-rated defender.
Juventus are open to cashing in on their prized asset after failing to convince the player to commit his future to the club.
Massimiliano Allegri's side paid Ajax a whopping €75m to lure de Ligt to Serie A in summer 2019, hoping to make him their long-term defensive mainstay.
But after failing to live up to the billing, the Netherlands international is seeking a way out of Turin to reignite his career.
Although Juventus are considering offloading the Dutchman in the coming months, they are unwilling to lose a single penny on his departure.
The record-time Italian champions want to recoup all €75m they dashed out to capture his signing three years ago.