Antonio Rudiger’s free transfer departure is looking ever more likely as Chelsea remain reluctant to meet the centre-back’s wage demands, according to Goal.

The Blues currently have four centre-backs in the final year of their contracts in Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, Cesar Azpilicueta, and Thiago Silva.

Goal claims that while Chelsea are confident in securing the latter two’s extensions, the situations are a bit more tricky with Rudiger and Christensen.

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The two-month negotiations between the club and Christensen’s representatives reportedly reached a stalemate before both parties resumed talks recently.

Thomas Tuchel’s comments in Friday’s press conference, however, suggested that the Denmark international himself is keen on staying at the club and will agree to an improved deal.

On the other hand, Goal claims Rudiger’s potential exit at the end of the season is now looking more likely.

 

The former AS Roma man is reportedly looking for a salary that is close to what Blues attackers earn, and Chelsea remain unwilling to offer him such terms.

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Chelsea monitoring potential replacements

Interestingly, the report also mentioned that the club is also aware that any departure will be costly.

The Blues have reportedly had several potential replacements under their radar, including Sevilla’s Jules Kounde, whom Goal described as the club’s primary target.

The report further added that the Blues have also been offered the chance to sign Matthijs de Ligt from Juventus in 2002.

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