Report: Update now given on Newcastle's chances of signing Antonio Rudiger from Chelsea this summer

Newcastle United have reportedly made up their mind about pinching Antonio Rudiger from Chelsea this summer.

According to The Athletic, Rudiger ‘is not seriously being discussed as an option’ by Newcastle’s hierarchy, as they plan for another spending spree.

Newcastle knocking with the big boys

The recent takeover of St. James’ Park has allowed the club to flex its financial muscles and move for players previously unobtainable.

Would Kieran Trippier really have left the sunshine of Madrid without the added incentive of a possible pay rise?

We cannot answer that for certain, but the fact the Magpies managed to pull off such a swoop says a lot about their new lure.

Hence why they have been linked to the likes of Rudiger, arguably one of the best defenders in Europe.

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The German international didn’t instantly earn significant recognition following his move from Roma to Stamford Bridge in 2017.

But Thomas Tuchel’s introduction at Chelsea completely changed the landscape for his compatriot.

Now, the centre-back is high on the wish list of several heavy hitters across the continent.

Not only because Rudiger is an exceptional performer, but because he could be snapped up for a bargain at the end of the season.

Antonio update

Unless you’ve been living under a rock these past few months, you’ll be fully aware that the 29-year-old’s contract expires in June.

This means he will be able to walk away from the European champions as a free agent, unless a new deal can be agreed.

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Organising such a renewal was difficult even before the UK sanctioned Roman Abramovich, plunging the Blues into deep, uncertain waters.

The hierarchy cannot offer fresh contracts until they know what kind of wage bill they are working with, putting Rudiger and others into an extremely perilous position.

Although Newcastle might be out of the running for his signature, several others will be waiting patiently to hear Antonio’s decision.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.