Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger is in talks with Manchester City and Tottenham about a move next summer.
That’s according to Gianluca di Marzio, who says that the centre-back will end up at either of the two clubs, Paris Saint Germain or Juventus.
Rudiger is out of contract at Chelsea next summer, and so far, there has been no progression on talks to sign an extension.
Indeed, according to reports in Germany, Rudiger has been left frustrated with what Chelsea have offered so far and their lack of effort to give him a salary he thinks he has earned.
That has sparked speculation about a move away from Stamford Bridge, with all the big clubs in Europe reportedly lining up to take him on a free transfer next summer.
It seems, though, there is also interest in the Premier League, with Di Marzio claiming the sides managed by Pep Guardiola and Nuno Espirito Santo have already opened talks.
“Rüdiger is in talks with Juventus, Man City, Tottenham and even PSG, who still need a defender,” he told Wetten Freunde.
“It’s difficult to see him signing a new contract. He will join one of the four teams mentioned.”
That’s certainly a big claim from Di Marzio, given neither of the Premier League sides have been mentioned in the numerous reports on Rudiger so far.
Manchester City would be a surprising move given they’re loaded with centre-backs as it is unless, of course, Rudiger was coming in as a replacement for someone like Aymeric Laporte.
Tottenham fits better given they could do with a top-class centre-back but would Rudiger make the move to one of Chelsea’s rivals, and more importantly, would Spurs pay him the money he wants?
We doubt that.
A move to PSG is far more likely, but the world of high-profile football transfers isn’t one really steeped in sense.