'Not even an option': Fabrizio Romano claims CL side definitely won't be buying Chelsea player, they can't afford him

Bayern Munich reportedly won’t be signing Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger this summer.

Rudiger, who’s a free agent at the end of the season, has been linked with Bayern as recently as last month.

However, latest updates suggest the 28-year-old’s not an option for the German and Champions League side.

According to Fabrizio Romano, the centre-back’s salary demands mean that he’s out of Bayern’s financial reach and he’s “not even an option”.

Incidentally, Romano stated this week there is a 50-50 chance of Rudiger agreeing a new contract to stay at Chelsea.

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The German defender continues to be one of the standout individuals every game for the Blues, so the prospect of losing him for next season is alarming.

Also, teammates Cesar Azpilicueta and Andreas Christensen are two more defenders at the club out of contract this summer.

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Clock is ticking on Chelsea

It’s a credit to Rudiger that his performances on the pitch are not dipping at a time when there is so much talk about him off it.

The aggressive centre-half is a major fan favourite because of the way he plays the game, and trying to find a like-for-like replacement would be almost impossible.

It’s clear a case where the club are running out of time as mid-February approaches.

A 50-50 chance of keeping Rudiger is definitely not the kind of odds that will relax supporters, so it’s a very nervous wait to hear the outcome of contract discussions. It’s even tougher when you throw into the mix the Azpilicueta and Christensen talks.

Thomas Tuchel will be even more worried than anyone given he’s not got a clue what his backline will shape up as next season.

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