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Chelsea star edges closer to final transfer decision as €7m offer received

Samuel Bannister
Antonio Rudiger, Mason Mount Chelsea v Real Madrid May 2021

Antonio Rudiger is beginning to see his options line up in front of him after it was revealed how much one of the Chelsea defender’s suitors are willing to offer.

Chelsea are currently in a predicament over Rudiger’s future. His contract expires at the end of the season. Therefore, he is free to negotiate with foreign clubs in view of next season now.

It may come as an unwelcome distraction. On the pitch, the German has been one of the Premier League’s best defenders this season. Chelsea would surely prefer to keep him.

However, to do so, they must meet his wage demands. In that regard, they may be thinking twice, since he wants to become the Premier League’s highest-paid defender.

Rudiger will be 29 years old by the time he arranges his next agreement. Therefore, this could be the last big contract of his career. Chelsea must weigh up all the pros and cons of the deal.

But it may be out of their hands anyway. As things stand, Rudiger can open talks with other suitors. Two of the main clubs waiting to pounce are Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid.

PSG were dominant when looking for free signings in the summer just gone. They most notably snapped up Lionel Messi on such terms. Gianluigi Donnarumma, Sergio Ramos and Georginio Wijnaldum all joined him.

Now, the French giants are aiming to repeat the trick again by taking Rudiger to Paris. And details have emerged of the lengths to which they are willing to go.

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According to Foot Mercato, PSG have put an offer on the table of an annual net salary of €7m for Rudiger.

The Ligue 1 side have been in talks with his advisors since the end of last year. Now, they can make the moves they are doing now.

Their offer is worth more than what Real Madrid would be able to put on the table. Even so, the report adds that Rudiger remains more keen on a move to the Spanish capital.

Madrid also exploited the free market to sign David Alaba in the summer. After losing both Ramos and Raphael Varane, though, they are still evolving their backline.

Rudiger is firmly on their radar and the interest is mutual. Whether Chelsea have any chance of preventing such a move before time runs out remains to be seen.

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It has been reported that Rudiger is not rushing into any pre-contract agreement. He could also wait until his deal expires to explore other options in the Premier League. Manchester United have shown an interest, for example.

And it is a move the Red Devils should be looking to make. That’s according to their former player Luke Chadwick.

He told CaughtOffside recently: “Rudiger is the sort of defender United need at the moment. He’s improved so much over the last 18 months in terms of his ball carrying. He’d add a lot to this United squad.

“A lot of football is built about relationships. If he has got a strong relationship with [Ralf] Rangnick then United would be silly not to pursue that.

“He’s shown this season that he’s one of the top central defenders in the Premier League. That is despite him playing three at the back as Thomas Tuchel does at Chelsea.

“But I’m sure he could do a job at United. Defensively it’s not been right there for a while now. New faces can bring the best out of others and improve competition.

“Obviously Varane came in and has suffered with injuries. Maguire’s out at the moment. I think you can never have too many good players and the competition is what you need.”

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