As Antonio Rudiger’s contract saga with Chelsea goes on, there are of course many clubs who follow the situation with the hope of signing the defender for free in the summer.

One of the sides who’ve been linked to the 28-year-old lately is Inter Milan, who are often watching the free agency market and could join the battle for his signing at the end of the season.

However, as new rumours about Rudiger’s requests show up, it now looks like the Nerazzurri are already giving up on this race.

A story from Inter Live labels the mission as ‘impossible’, since the Italian giants would have no chance of paying the salary which the player has been demanding.

With reports claiming Rudiger wants €12m per season, the website says clubs such as AS Roma, Juventus, Paris Saint Germain and Real Madrid would all be unable to compete, as only Bayern Munich could afford that much. Quite why they think that isn’t clear.

Reports from Germany this week claim that Rudiger took Chelsea’s last contract offer as a ‘slap in the race’. It’s thought he wants €12m, and the Blues are said to be offering €8.5m.