'He's good': Dimitar Berbatov wants Manchester United to go out and sign £29m man from Chelsea this summer

Dimitar Berbatov urged Manchester United to steal Antonio Rudiger from Chelsea’s pocket at the end of the season.

Speaking to the Express, Berbatov named the German international as the centre-half he would sign if given the transfer keys to Old Trafford.

Will Rudiger be on the move to Manchester?

Rudiger has already been linked with a possible move to United, amongst many other European clubs, as his contract continues to wind down.

The defender’s deal with Chelsea expires in June, meaning he will be able to walk away as a free agent unless an agreement can be struck with the chain of command.

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At one stage, it appeared that a renewal was potentially on the cards, until the club’s whole structure came crashing to the ground.

Roman Abramovich’s sanctions, induced by the UK government, has left the future of the Blues in total darkness.

Conversations about contracts have understandably halted, as wage increases cannot be confirmed until at least a new owner is put into place.

That process could continue deep into the campaign, where players may have already made their minds up about staying put or fleeing the nest.

This directly relates to Rudiger, who has a handful of interested suitors waiting to hear his decision.

One of those reportedly being Manchester United, although their own concerns are currently getting in the way of making a substantial move.

United’s uncertainty

Ralf Rangnick’s managerial successor remains a hot topic of debate at the Theatre of Dreams.

Plans for the squad’s rebuild cannot commence properly until Rangnick’s replacement is found, or he is given the job permanently.

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However, this hasn’t halted the rumours of who the hierarchy want to bring in.

Nor has it prevented pundits and former players from dreaming up their fantasy picks.

Clearly, Rudiger ranks highly on many lists, including Berbatov’s.

“As a centre-back, obviously I have a bit of a difficulty here with the centre-back but they do need a centre-back, United,” said the ex-Red Devil.  

“Although they already have five players for that position and still things are not going quite well.

“You mentioned one name, Rudiger, now I’m concentrated on him. I cannot think of anyone else.

“Based on his performances, he is a good fit honestly. He is aggressive, he is good on the ball, so he can be a good choice.”

Completing the signing of the £29m (BBC) man from Roma would be a massive coop for United as they look to reach Chelsea’s levels of success.

Yet, Rudiger will probably look abroad if he is to depart Stamford Bridge, such is his loyalty to the Blues.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.