Italian giants AS Roma are set to hold Chelsea’s interest for German defender Antonio Rudiger as they are expecting a move from Manchester City, according to reports.
Chelsea’s Frustration Continues
The Blues are keen to make some key additions to their squad ahead of new season but they are yet to make an marquee signing after failing to land any of the big stars they were linked to.
Antonio Conte is determined to strengthen his defense with the departure of John Terry and Nathan Ake. The Blues legend have joined Aston Villa in Championship to start a new challenge in his career while Ake joined Bournemouth in Cherries’ record deal.
The Premier League champions have already agreed a £33million deal to sign Rudiger from Italian capital and the player himself has fueled speculations after liking an Instagram post on Chelsea’s new kit.
However, Manchester City are also considered surprise contenders for Rudiger after signing Bernarndo Silva in a £43m deal earlier this summer. According to Daily Mirror, the Premier League giants are believed to be offering a much better bid than that of Chelsea and could hijack the deal for the talented German international.
Rudiger is one of the most promising defenders in Germany and is making a name for himself after his recent displays at FIFA Confederations Cup. The 24-year old can only get better with age and Premier League move would be ideal for the young centre back at this moment.
Despite being close to having a medical at Stamford Bridge, Rudiger is believed to have changed his plans after interest from Pep Guardiola. He is now consider his options on which club he will join for next season and both the clubs are keen in signing him.
Conte’s transfer woes
The Blues are enduring a tough transfer window so far this summer just like the one before. Antonio Conte is failing to land his key targets which has also happened last season when they forced deals for David Luiz and Marcos Alonso on deadline day.
Chelsea were linked with an ambitious move to sign Alex Sandro from Juventus but the Brazilian is expected to join French giants Paris Saint-Germain. They had also lost Tolisso to Bayern Munich earlier this summer as the frustration continues at Stamford Bridge.