Real Madrid are reportedly ready to meet Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger’s wage demands amid uncertainty over his future at Stamford Bridge.
This is according to a report from Calciomercato which also suggests that Carlo Ancelotti himself is behind Real Madrid’s plans to sign Rudiger.
The 28-year-old, whose contract with Chelsea expires at the end of the season, is reportedly looking for a new deal worth €12million (£10.3m)-a-year or roughly £200,000-a-week.
The Italian publication claims that Chelsea find this figure excessive, but Real Madrid could agree to it.
An earlier report from The Athletic claimed Chelsea were only willing to offer him £140,000-a-week.
In a recent interview, Rudiger insisted that he is happy at Chelsea and that he was still in talks with the club.
“The most important thing is that I feel happy here,” the Germany international told The Guardian.
“I think if people look at it, they can see I’m happy. About the contract situation, I talk with the club. This is for nobody’s ears.
“It was how I said it would be after the Euros – there would be talks.
“There was a talk between Marina [Granovskaia] and my agent.”