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Huge Antonio Rudiger signing-on fee revealed as Man Utd look to capitalise on Chelsea problems

Antonio Rudiger of Chelsea

A transfer insider claims Antonio Rudiger will demand a massive signing-on fee to join Manchester United from Chelsea as a free agent this summer.

The German’s contract expires at the end of the season. That means Chelsea run the risk of losing him to a Premier League or Champions League rival, and receiving no transfer fee.

It would be a huge blow to Thomas Tuchel, who has played Rudiger 42 times already this season.

The centre-half has formed a solid partnership with Thiago Silva and Andreas Christensen at the back. But he could leave in the summer, alongside Christensen, leaving Tuchel to search for potential replacements.

United are one of the clubs hoping to snatch Rudiger from Chelsea’s grasp. Real Madrid and Bayern Munich are also in the mix.

Journalist Duncan Castles has given a crucial update on Rudiger’s situation, while appearing on The Transfer Window podcast (via the Express).

Antonio Rudiger cost revealed

Castles said: “The price that his representatives are asking for is £25million signing-on fee and a basic wage of at least £5m after tax each year.”

Rudiger’s agent can point to the star’s exceptional form with Chelsea as a reason for this eye-watering cost.

In addition, the fact he is 29 means any potential suitor could get three or four years of top-level football out of him. If Chelsea team-mate Silva is anything to go by, this could be six or seven years.

Rudiger agreed new contract with Chelsea before sanctions

Rudiger agreed new contract with Chelsea before sanctions

Antonio Rudiger agreed a new Chelsea contract before the Uk Government placed sanctions on the club

Rudiger is apparently offering himself to all the top clubs in Europe. He is employing a similar method to the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Paul Pogba, who will also become free agents this summer.

Castles adds to the list of interested clubs by naming Juventus as a potential next destination for Rudiger.

Indeed, a recent report from Italian outlet Gazzetta dello Sport said Juve had agreed a deal with the star. It would see him earn £105,000 per week until 2026. However, clubs such as United or Real could offer him far more than this.

Rudiger is in Hansi Flick’s Germany squad for the upcoming games against Israel and the Netherlands.

He will then return to west London in preparation for Chelsea’s Premier League clash against Brentford on Saturday April 2.

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