Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly in constant dialogue with Antonio Rudiger, who could leave Chelsea as a free agent in the summer.
According to a report by Sky Sports, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain are constantly in talks with Antonio Rudiger’s representatives. The German defender can sign a pre-contract agreement with a foreign club as he is in the final six months of his contract with Chelsea.
Antonio Rudiger has endured a topsy-turvy ride at Chelsea since arriving from AS Roma in July 2017. The 29-year-old is currently enjoying the best phase of his career, having established himself as a pivotal figure for the Blues since Thomas Tuchel’s appointment as the new manager in January 2021.
To date, the German international has made 186 appearances for Chelsea, with 37 outings coming in the ongoing campaign. But the Blues are in a spot of bother over Rudiger’s long-term future as he has entered the final six months of his contract. With the Chelsea defender eligible to sign a pre-contract agreement with a foreign club, Real Madrid and PSG are hot on his trail.
Real Madrid and PSG have been two of Rudiger’s most serious prospective suitors outside England. Recent reports have claimed that the two European heavyweights have already submitted offers to reach a pre-contract agreement with the Chelsea defender.
The interest from Real Madrid stems from the lack of quality cover for Eder Militao and David Alaba. Nacho is a backup option at best and on the wrong side of 30, while Jesus Vallejo has failed to convince Carlo Ancelotti that he is capable of making an impression for Real Madrid. As a result, Los Blancos could look to sign a centre-back in the summer transfer window.
As for PSG, Sergio Ramos has struggled to remain fit since arriving on a free transfer from Real Madrid last summer. Meanwhile, Abdou Diallo is facing an uncertain future at Parc des Princes, while Presnel Kimpembe has recently been linked with Chelsea. So PSG might need to delve into the transfer market for a centre-back, with Rudiger a viable target.
Apart from Real Madrid and PSG, Tottenham and Manchester United have also been linked with Rudiger. But foreign clubs hold a distinct advantage as they can look to reach a pre-contract agreement with the Chelsea defender. That said, Rudiger will not take a call on his future until after the season ends due to respect for Chelsea. It remains to be seen what the German defender decides.