Chelsea will “desperately avoid” defender Antonio Rudiger joining London rivals Tottenham, transfer insider Dean Jones has said.
Rudiger is in the final year of his contract, and Tottenham are a club that have been linked with the 28-year-old.
What is the latest news from Rudiger?
Rudiger is on his way to becoming one of the richest paid defenders in the world, according to the Daily Mail, with some of Europe’s biggest teams set to offer the 6-foot-3 center-back a Â£ 400,000-a-week contract.
Tottenham is unlikely to pay Rudiger that kind of money, with Harry Kane and Tanguy Ndombele the club’s biggest earners at Â£ 200,000 a week, per Spotrac. However, the north London team were credited with an interest in the German.
The Independent recently reported that Spurs and Manchester United would like to sign Rudiger when his contract expires next summer, although he would prefer a move abroad if new terms cannot be agreed with Chelsea.
Tottenham manager Antonio Conte was the man who brought Rudiger to England when he was Chelsea boss, so it wouldn’t be a surprise if the Italian spearheaded the pursuit of Spurs.
What did Jones say about Rudiger and Tottenham?
Rudiger leaving Chelsea at the end of the season is starting to seem inevitable. The European champions, however, will be desperate to avoid a situation where the 49-cap Germany international will eventually join his London rivals, Jones said.
Speaking to GIVEMESPORT about Rudiger’s possible departure, the reporter said: “Obviously going from Chelsea to Tottenham would be a huge deal and they would be desperate to avoid that, but it’s almost out of their control now. And it will probably depend on who is willing to pay the most money.”
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Who else is interested in Rudiger?
If Tottenham really want Rudiger then they’re going to have a real battle on their hands.
The Daily Mail also claimed that Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich and Juventus are all interested in the star valued at Â£ 31.5million.
As for Chelsea, they already seem to have a replacement. According to Goal, the Blues have identified Leicester City’s Wesley Fofana as Rudiger’s potential successor.
At this point, it looks like Thomas Tuchel is going to lose one of his trusted defensive lieutenants. However, it’s hard to imagine Rudiger ending up at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Again, his salary would likely be a problem for Spurs, while a move from Chelsea to the North London club is not an upgrade at this time.
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