'What a difference': Ex-Manchester United player would love his former club to sign £29m Chelsea man

Former Manchester United defender Paul Parker urged the Old Trafford hierarchy to make a move for Chelsea gem Antonio Rudiger.

Speaking to the Metro, Parker believed his beloved Red Devils would improve dramatically with the German in their defence.

United have been mentioned as one of the club’s chasing after the centre-back, who is on the radar of Europe’s biggest and best.

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Along with Ralf Rangnick’s employers, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus and Real Madrid are all watching the 28-year-old movements closely.

This is because Rudiger’s Chelsea contract is running out, with no signs of an extension on the horizon.

Demand for Rudiger is red hot

Failure to agree to a new deal and the £29m (BBC) Roma arrival will be able to talk terms of a transfer away from Stamford Bridge in January.

Understandably, this has caused an almighty scrabble across the continent for his signature.

Rudiger is now widely regarded as one of, if not the, finest player in his position currently.

Any team would benefit from deploying the bearded warrior in defence.

A relatively struggling side like United could certainly change their fortunes if they managed to lock down the Chelsea man.

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“To come to Manchester United, I would say that is ambitious. I would understand why he would want to and I think he would make a difference,” said Parker, who won two Premier League titles with United in the 90s.

“If you had him next to (Raphael) Varane, what a difference you’re talking about. Good pace and you’re talking about someone who’s won a World Cup, Champions League and then you’ve got a centre-half, who in the old-school way of talking is actually a leader.

“He actually shouts and screams, bosses people about, dictates the people. When people aren’t doing it, he tells them because he doesn’t make that many mistakes himself. He keeps things simple. He’d be absolutely perfect.

“It all depends on him being ambitious. Does he want to go to Manchester United and be the difference-maker at the back?”

Red or Blue?

Based on present predicaments, it would seem strange for Rudiger to swap his London ivory tower for something more derelict in Manchester.

United are fighting for a European spot, whilst Chelsea have their eyes on the very top prize.

But, if the Blues cannot offer what their departing centre-half desires, then the club’s silverware ambitions will mean very little.

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At the moment, it appears Real Madrid sit front of the queue to recruit Rudiger, with some members of Los Blancos extremely confident of his entrance.

Nothing is set in stone, yet the ice blocks are melting fast for Chelsea to make a decision on their German international.  

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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.