Chelsea will loan Antonio Rudiger to Tottenham if he signs a new contract
With the signing of Carlos Vinicius in the bag, Tottenham’s next priority is signing a centre-back before the transfer window closes.
The Lilywhites had been eyeing a swoop for Inter Milan’s Milan Skriniar. However, his steep valuation has seen them turn their attention towards Chelsea’s Rudiger. (h/t Evening Standard)
The German international has been with the Blues since 2017, having signed from AS Roma. He had been a regular in the starting XI for the most part, although injuries didn’t let him play as regularly in 2019/20. In the ongoing season, however, the 27-year-old has dropped way down the pecking order and is yet to take the field even once.
Chelsea are open to leaving Rudiger this summer, with manager Frank Lampard having already informed him that he is ‘surplus to requirements’. And, Tottenham are eyeing a loan swoop for the German defender. (h/t Evening Standard)
And while Chelsea will allow Rudiger to join Spurs on a temporary deal, they want the 27-year-old to sign a new contract before he leaves. (h/t Evening Standard)
The defender’s current contract runs out in 2022, which would mean he would be in the final year of his deal when he returns to Stamford Bridge after his loan stint. The Blues want to avoid such a situation and protect his value by making sure he pens a new contract before any potential loan exit. (h/t Evening Standard)
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Rudiger has plenty of Premier League experience and has proven himself at this level. And even though he struggled with injuries last season, signing him wouldn’t be the worst idea with little time left in the window. However, Skriniar should remain the club’s top priority.