Antonio Rudiger joined Chelsea on a five-year agreement from Roma for a reported £29 million. The German centre back swiftly established himself as a regular starter for the Blues, cementing a starting berth under numerous different managers. Across all competitions, the 28-year-old has made 172 appearances for the London club, scoring nine goals and providing seven assists. Not only that, but during his time with the English club, the German has helped them win a slew of trophies, including the Champions League.
However, with fewer than six months left on his contract, the Chelsea defender’s negotiations have come to a halt, with neither the club nor the player able to reach an agreement. Furthermore, according to reports, Real Madrid is negotiating a pre-contract agreement with the German, which could be signed in January before the transfer takes place at the end of the season. It is understood that Paris Saint-Germain are also interested in signing the Chelsea defender, but they will have to act swiftly to beat the Los Blancos to the 28-year-old’s signature.
Antonio Rudiger wants a new deal for roughly €200k per week, equating to around €12 million each season, including bonuses and add-ons. Rudiger’s weekly salary is presently approximately £100,000.
Let’s take a look at the chances of each team signing him.
● Real Madrid
Real Madrid is keen to sign the defender, and Rudiger feels the same way. According to reports, the German wants a “€12 million clean per season” contract to join Real Madrid.
This price, which equates to almost £210,000 each week, is said to be significantly more than Chelsea is ready to pay.
According to the publication, the North London club is also willing to enhance the 28-year-weekly old’s wage to £140,000. Despite playing in the team less frequently than Rudiger, this figure is still less important than the salaries received by Timo Werner and Kepa.
At the Bernabéu, the 6ft 2in would be a natural starter and rumoured that he wants to play there; we could see him in a Real Madrid shirt next season.
● Paris Saint-Germain
The German wants a much larger salary than he is now receiving, and PSG is the only team with the financial resources to accommodate him.
According to reports, Leonardo, the French club’s sporting director, is looking forward to the summer transfer season. He aims to use his opportunity and sign his target on a free transfer.
PSG signed Sergio Ramos earlier this year to strengthen their defence. They would probably have the best centre-back pairing in Europe if Rudiger were added.
● Manchester United
Manchester United has reportedly joined the list of parties keeping an eye on Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger situation.
The 28-year-current old’s contract at Stamford Bridge is set to expire after the season, and he is approaching the final six months of his present term.
The Red Devils have conceded 24 goals in 16 Premier League games this season, more than any other team in the top seven, while summer signing Raphael Varane has battled ailments at points this season.
If Rudiger leaves Chelsea on a free transfer, rumours claim he could become one of the best-paid defenders in the world, earning roughly £400,000 a year, more than four times his present salary at Stamford Bridge.