Chelsea and Tottenham have been negotiating over Antonio Rüdiger since Tuesday, with PSG also in the mix for the German centre back.

That’s according to Sky Sports Germany, who say there has been a ‘first breakthrough’ in the negotiations.

And that breakthrough is the fact that Chelsea have ‘generally agreed’ to let Rüdiger go out on loan, as opposed to standing firm and demanding a permanent sale, so long as he agrees to extend his contract at Stamford Bridge first.

His current deal expires in 2022 so, presumably, Chelsea want to ensure there’s no issues should he return next year as he’d have one year left on his contract.

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Tottenham are among those vying for his signature, with Jose Mourinho having identified him as a potential addition to his backline.

The Spurs boss ‘would like to borrow’ Rüdiger but he is not the only one, with Chelsea also holding ‘specific talks’ with PSG. There are also ‘some Italian clubs’ interested in him too.

That means there are options for Chelsea and competition for Tottenham, although they are also ‘negotiating’ with Inter Milan’s Milan Skriniar, suggesting they are keen to ensure they have multiple options themselves.

Either way, Chelsea’s willingness to sanction a loan will help to open the door further for Rüdiger who seems to be on the way out of Stamford Bridge.