Antonio Rudiger’s future at Chelsea is being discussed. The Blues are rumored to be selling the player.
Rudiger is one of Thomas Tuchel’s mainstay players in the Chelsea backline. He helped the Blues win the Champions League title last season.
Rudiger’s contract at Chelsea expires in the summer of 2022. However, he never extended his contract at Stamford Bridge.
If this situation continues, Chelsea could lose Rudiger for free. Therefore, the Blues can sell him in January 2022 later.
If Rudiger does leave the club, Chelsea may need to buy a new center-back. Then, which players can the Blues consider?
Here are five potential replacements for Antonio Rudiger at the club.
However, Chelsea failed to get the French defender on the last day of the transfer market. The Blues and Sevilla reportedly did not reach an agreement over the price of Kunde.
Kunde himself has played for Sevilla since 2019. He has made 92 appearances for the Spanish club.
Aymeric Laporte joined Manchester City in the summer of 2018. He did not take long to seize a place in the backline of The Citizens.
However, Laporte now faces stiff competition from Ruben Dias. There are reports that Man City is willing to let the player go.
Chelsea may be able to take advantage of the situation experienced by the Spanish passport player. However, Man City is not necessarily willing to release its players to rival clubs.
Milan Skriniar has long been linked with some Premier League clubs. This is of course thanks to his impressive performance with Inter Milan.
Skriniar helped Inter to the Serie A title last season. He has so far made 171 appearances for the Nerazzurri.
The Slovakian now remains an important part of Simone Inzaghi’s Inter defense. Inter does not want to let Skriniar go.
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Alessandro Bastoni is one of Inter Milan’s main doorstops. The defender from Italy has performed quite well for the club so far.
Bastoni recorded three assists in 33 Serie A games in the 2020-2021 season.
According to reports, Romelu Lukaku advised Chelsea to sign Bastoni. Lukaku had teamed up with him at the Giuseppe Meazza before.
Matthijs De Light
Matthijs De Ligt is one of Juventus’ potential young defenders. He started guarding the Bianconeri defense in 2019.
De Ligt showed a good performance with Juventus. The Dutch national team player has recorded 79 appearances for the Old Lady.
It was not easy to pull De Light from Turin. Because the player is still bound by a three-year contract at Juventus.
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Despite being Tuchel’s mainstay, Chelsea will sell Rudiger
Premier League club Chelsea is rumored to be selling Antonio Rudiger even though he is one of Thomas Tuchel’s mainstay players.
The German defender was almost about to be released by Chelsea last season. But in the end, Rudiger stayed at Stamford Bridge.
This is a blessing for Rudiger and Chelsea. Together, they won the Champions League title.
This season, Rudiger continues to be trusted by Tuchel to guard the Chelsea defense. The 28-year-old defender appeared fierce and uncompromising in the three-back scheme used by the German coach.
Chelsea to sell Rudiger
Antonio Rudiger is a regular starter in the Chelsea squad. However, he never extended his contract at Stamford Bridge.
His contract at Chelsea expires in the summer of 2022. This makes the management of the Blues began to feel hot.
If this situation continues, Chelsea could lose Rudiger for free. From there, the club’s management finally decided that if the defender did not extend his contract, it would be sold off in January 2022.
This news was reported by La Colina de Nervion, via Sportsmole. The report said the decision was taken by Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia.
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Rudiger Sold, Kound Bought
The sale of Antonio Rudiger will certainly make Thomas Tuchel unhappy. Because that means he will lose his trusted defender.
But the German coach need not worry. Because Chelsea intends to find a replacement.
Reportedly, if Rudiger is successfully sold, the money will immediately be used as a dowry to bring in Jules Kunde from Sevilla.
Chelsea itself does not seem to be bothering to find a club that is ready to accommodate Antonio Rudiger. Because reportedly PSG, Bayern Munich, and Real Madrid intend to use his services.