Newcastle United are ready to rival the big guns, including Real Madrid, in the race to sign Chelsea’s wantaway defender Antonio Rudiger.
According to the Telegraph, Newcastle United have emerged as the latest suitors for Antonio Rudiger. The Chelsea defender is expected to depart Stamford Bridge after the end of the season after failing to agree terms over a contract extension. It has put multiple clubs on red alert, with the Magpies among the teams keen on his services.
Formerly of the Borussia Dortmund academy, Rudiger has established himself as one of the best centre-backs in Europe under the tutelage of Thomas Tuchel. His leadership and determination were vital in helping the Blues win the UEFA Champions League title last season, as well as the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup this season.
While Chelsea missed out on the Carabao Cup by the barest of margins, Rudiger was one of the top performers in the final, producing a defensive masterclass to keep the Liverpool attack at bay. As such, the German has become one of the most in-demand players in Europe right now.
The 29-year-old has reportedly been in talks with PSG and Real Madrid over a Bosman move in the summer. But they are set to face stiff competition from Premier League clubs, including Newcastle United.
Currently fighting their way out of the drop zone, Newcastle are set for a summer of change as the new owners look to flex their financial muscle and add significant quality to the team. The Magpies have already spent in excess of €100 million, and the business has paid dividends, with the club now firmly out of the relegation scrap.
Newcastle United are now prepared to take their team to the next level by targeting more established players. They have already been linked with an ambitious swoop for underperforming Real Madrid superstar Eden Hazard, while they are also in contention to sign Florian Wirtz.
Rudiger could be another excellent option for Eddie Howe, given his vast experience at the highest level of football. Perhaps most importantly, the German international can offer the much-needed leadership that could be vital in helping the club embark on a new era.
Newcastle are in a position to match Rudiger’s hefty wage demands as well, although it remains to be seen whether or not the player himself rejects the likes of PSG and Real Madrid in favour of a move to St. James’ Park next season.