Report: Club close to agreeing deal to sign 'outstanding' £100k-a-week Chelsea player this summer
Real Madrid are reportedly close to agreeing a deal to sign Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger this summer.
Rudiger, who’s out of contract at Stamford Bridge at the end of the season, will be available on a free transfer unless he signs a contract extension with Chelsea.
According to Gianluca Di Marzio, it’s “very likely” that the 29-year-old is going to exit the Blues this summer.
It is understood that Spanish giants Madrid are now “close” to reaching an agreement with the German defender after the player lowered his salary demands.
In addition, Manchester United have made offered Rudiger the most money, but he wants a guarantee of Champions League football next season. Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus have failed in their attempts to sign the Chelsea man, too.
Rudiger’s a no-nonsense centre-back that’s been performing as one of the world’s very best in his position for well over a year.
If the £100,000-a-week man goes, it’s going to leave a major gap in Thomas Tuchel’s squad.
Chelsea boss Tuchel, who previously described the centre-half as “outstanding”, will have a big job on his hands trying to find a replacement.
Colwill a long shot as next season’s replacement
On paper, Chelsea youngster Levi Colwill could be a great replacement.
He’s a left-footed centre-back that could slot into the left-sided centre-back role that Rudiger plays so effectively in Chelsea’s back three.
However, Colwill’s yet to play first-team football for the Blues.
The 19-year-old’s been dominant in the Championship this season during his loan with Huddersfield Town, which is why many around Stamford Bridge are very excited about his future.
It could take dipping into the transfer market to find an immediate replacement for Rudiger, though.