Fabrizio Romano shared some positive and negative updates on the uncertain scenario facing Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger.
Speaking on Rio Ferdinand’s YouTube channel, Romano informed listeners about Rudiger’s present predicament.
The German is in a contract stand-off with his employers, which has led many to believe he will leave the club in January.
His deal expires next summer, meaning foreign clubs can negotiate a pre-contract agreement at the start of January.
According to reports, the centre-back wants a pay rise, asking for around £200,000-a-week, double his current wage.
Chelsea have apparently stood firm on their £1400,000-a-week (Athletic) offer.
Romano reveals all
With pistols pointed, neither wanting to fire first, this deadlock looks set to remain for the next two months.
However, Romano explained all had not been completely lost from the Blues perspective.
“I’m told they are still talking with Rudiger’s agents, so it’s not over yet,” explained the transfer guru.
“Rudiger wants to stay, Rudiger would love to stay at Chelsea. But he wants an important contract.”
Unfortunately, Romano also reminded everyone of the precarious position the Champions League holders still find themselves in.
“At the moment they have no agreement. I’m told, a few days ago, it was far from being reached.”
Of course, word has got out that Rudiger might be available as a free agent after Christmas.
A late golden gift.
European teams have caught wind of this possible present and are jostling to be front of the line if he becomes available.
Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona have all inevitably been linked.
More recently, the Premier League powerhouses have seemingly muscled in on the act.
Manchester City and Liverpool are said to be interested in Rudiger’s services, although Romano played down the latter’s intrigue.
“On Liverpool, I’m told they have made no approach to his agents.”
Whatever happens with Rudiger, it will probably go down to the wire.
Grab your popcorn, or hide behind your sofas, because this thrilling film has plenty more twists and turns to come.
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