Tottenham are reportedly interested in making a move for Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger, who is in the final year of his contract with the Blues.
According to a report from 90min.com, Tottenham Hotspur retain an interest in Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger, who could be available on a free transfer in the summer of 2022.
Rudiger has been one of the best defenders in the Premier League and Europe over the past six months or so, ever since he was brought back from the cold by manager Thomas Tuchel. The 28-year-old played a key role in Chelsea’s UEFA Champions League triumph and has been in fine fettle in the new season as well.
However, his future at Chelsea has been cast into doubts as the German international has less than twelve months left on his current contract. Talks over a new deal are yet to progress as Rudiger assesses the options in front of him. And, his potential availability on a free transfer has alerted several top clubs in Europe.
Indeed, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Juventus are all said to be keen on a Bosman move for Rudiger, with Tottenham Hotspur also now entering the fray as per the aforementioned report. It is claimed that the north London giants have been keen on the 28-year-old since he played for VfB Stuttgart and AS Roma. They even made an attempt to sign him last year when he was out of favour under Frank Lampard.
Now, in case his contract talks don’t prove successful, Tottenham are again waiting in the wings to swoop. The Lilywhites strengthened their defence this summer with the acquisition of Cristian Romero from Atalanta. However, another centre-half, who can be a leader at the back would be a good addition for manager Nuno Espirito Santo.
Eric Dier and Davinson Sanchez have started the season strongly, but have been known for their inconsistent ways. So, someone like Rudiger, who is vastly experienced in the Premier League and in Europe can be a good addition, considering that he would add a winning mentality to the squad as well.
Chelsea, for their part, are intent on tying Rudiger down to a new contract. But, with the interest in the German international mounting, it will be interesting to see what the future holds for him.