Chelsea centre-back Antonio Rudiger’s representatives are demanding a £25million signing fee as the Germany international prepares to leave Stamford Bridge. The Blues’ uncertain future has pushed Rudiger ever closer to the exit door amid tumultuous negotiations with the west London club, despite Thomas Tuchel’s desperation to keep his star defender.
However, a multitude of big European clubs, including Manchester United, are starting to turn in circles.
The Red Devils are among those looking to capitalize and see this as an opportunity to secure a world-class defender on the cheap.
Rudiger’s team are understandably trying to negotiate a bumper deal for their client given that there will be no transfer fee involved.
Any move could now see Rudiger become one of the highest paid players in world football.
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“Real Madrid were one of the candidates, Manchester United, Juventus, Bayern Munich.
“The price his representatives are asking for is a €30m signing fee and a base salary of at least €6m after tax each year.
“It’s for a player who turned 29 this month, he’s in the best season of his Chelsea career, a central point in Thomas Tuchel’s defence.”
Current penalties imposed on Chelsea due to their affiliation with owner Roman Abramovich mean the Blues cannot renew Rudiger’s contract.
There is a chance that the climate will change if the club is sold to new owners, but time is running out for Chelsea.
Chelsea are also set to lose Andreas Christensen and Cesar Azpilicueta, with their current contracts set to expire in June.
Barcelona’s Ronald Araujo, Sevilla’s Jules Kounde and Leicester’s Wesley Fofana are among those of interest to the European champions.
There is also quiet optimism that 19-year-old defender Levi Colwill – currently on loan at Huddersfield – could be ready for Chelsea’s first team at the start of next season.