Real Madrid and Bayern Munich are increasingly confident that they can strike a deal with Antonio Rudiger amid a stalemate in contract negotiations with Chelsea, according to ESPN.

A few days ago, Spanish publication Marca reported that Real Madrid were willing to offer the 28-year-old, whose contract with Chelsea expires next summer, an £8.5million-a-year salary package.

Chelsea have yet to reach a breakthrough in talks over a new deal with Rudiger’s representatives, and even worse, it came to a halt, according to Sky Sports.

Real Madrid, alongside Bayern Munich, seem to see this as a good opportunity to potentially outbid Chelsea’s contract offer.

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ESPN claims that Chelsea are not willing to offer a salary beyond £150,000-a-week, while Rudiger is looking to double his current £100,000-a-week salary.

Rudiger is still open to staying at Stamford Bridge, the report further added.

 

But the situation gets more complicated, as several foreign clubs are prepared to exceed even Rudiger’s demand.

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Real Madrid and few other clubs ready to outbid Chelsea

The report mentioned that several top clubs could offer the Germany international more than £300,000-a-week.

After all, these clubs could potentially sign one of the most in-form defenders in Europe on a free transfer, and it makes sense financially.

Rudiger himself will legally be able to negotiate a pre-contract with foreign clubs from January 1 onwards.

Aside from Real and Bayern, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain are also closely monitoring Rudiger’s situation.

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