Antonio Rudiger had agreed a contract extension at Chelsea before the club were sanctioned by the UK Government, but the deal has now collapsed, claims a report.
Rudiger is out of contract at the end of the season and can walk away for free. The defender, who started Wednesday’s 2-1 win over Lille, had been in talks with the club and had been unable to agree new terms.
Now though, according to Bild, the 29-year-old had agreed in principle to a new contract. The German source reports that personal terms had been agreed on a new deal at Stamford Bridge.
The defender’s signing on fee had apparently not been agreed between the two parties. But basic financial terms on extending his deal had been wrapped up.
However, the sanctions placed on the club and owner Roman Abramovich have now scuppered the deal, per the source.
Instead the likes of Manchester United, Real Madrid, PSG and Juventus are now in the hunt for the Germany international.
Abramovich’s assets were frozen, with Chelsea placed under a special Government licence. That allows them to operate but unable to generate revenue.
Antonio Rudiger is weighing up his options
Antonio Rudiger's contract is up this summer and Chelsea are unable to extend it.
So the club cannot sell tickets or merchandise. And they cannot sign new players or offer new contracts to existing players. So that would prevent the club from rolling out a new deal for Rudiger.
Bayern step away from Rudiger
Thiago Silva penned a new one-year deal in January, but Rudiger, Cesar Azpilicueta and Andreas Christensen are all out of contract.
Azpilicueta is understood to have an existing clause in his deal which will allow Chelsea to extend his contract by another 12 months. But Christensen and Rudiger could both leave for free.
One party who are reportedly now not interested in Rudiger are Bayern Munich. The source claims Bayern have stepped away from the centre-back after previously being willing to pay him £400,000 a week.
Last month the Mirror claimed United were very keen on a deal for Rudiger. And the Mail also suggested United are monitoring the player’s situation.
Now though with the unprecedented sanctions imposed on Chelsea, United will surely have been given the green light to make their approach.