Report: Club are now back in the race to sign £100k-a-week Chelsea player again after they're knocked out of CL

German giants Bayern Munich are reportedly back in the race to sign Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger this summer.

Rudiger, whose exit from Stamford Bridge at the end of the season is now confirmed, is one of the most in-demand free agents around.

It’s previously been reported that Spanish side Real Madrid are closing in on a deal to sign the 29-year-old centre-back for next season.

However, a fresh report indicates the transfer battle is still ongoing.

According to The Athletic, Bayern have decided to reignite their interest in £100,000-a-week star Rudiger after suffering a Champions League quarter-final exit at the hands of Villarreal earlier this month.

The report explains the Bundesliga champions are now focused on trying to get the powerhouse Chelsea defender to improve them.

There is still interest from Barcelona, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United in his signature, though.

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Tough watch for Chelsea fans

For certain, it’s not going to be a nice sight for Chelsea supporters watching Rudiger play elsewhere.

The aggressive centre-half has been such a fan favourite for the Blues in the past couple of years, which is why his imminent exit hurts even more.

It’s obvious there’s a massive job ahead trying to find a replacement.

As for Rudiger, it’s going to be interesting to see where he plays next year.

A glamorous move to the Bernabeu to join Madrid will put him under a new kind of pressure, plus it would be his first time moving to Spain.

Meanwhile, a return to his homeland with German heavyweights Bayern may be a more natural fit for him.

There’s no doubt his game has really matured under Tuchel and he’s got a better grip with his temperament, so expect him to be a success wherever he ends up.

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