Chelsea are in huge danger of losing at least two of their first-choice defenders this summer after contract extension talks with Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen hit an impasse.
Rudiger’s future at Stamford Bridge has been in doubt for some months. He has played 26 times for Chelsea this season, but looks destined to leave on a free transfer this summer. And Sky Sports report that Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich and Juventus have all opened talks with Rudiger’s representatives over a pre-contract agreement this month.
Spurs have tried to land the German defender in the past and they remain interested. And before Christmas Football Insider claimed that Spurs sporting director Fabio Paratici was working hard on a deal to land the imposing Germany centre-back.
But the competition is intense with a number of European heavyweight trying to lure the 28-year-old.
It’s not good news for Thomas Tuchel and Marina Marina Granovskaia at Stamford Bridge. They face the prospect of not only losing Rudiger, but Christensen could go down the same route. Also, Cesar Azpilicueta and Thiago Silva are both out of contract.
Azpilicueta, 32, wants a two-year contract with an option for the third. Chelsea are willing only to a one-year deal with an option for the second season.
Silva, 37, is also mulling over an offer to stay with the club.
Barcelona interest for Christensen
But while both Azpilicueta and Silva could well pen extensions, Christensen’s time could well be up.
In fact he reports that interest from Barcelona is one of the reasons why Christensen’s renewal has not happened. The player has also recently switched agents.
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It was understood that Christensen used to have a family member representing him, but now he has Kinpartners-Kinfootball representing him. They have been in touch with Chelsea, but the player’s options remain open.
Barca are understood to have registered their interest and are hoping to get Christensen on a pre-contract agreement.