Ace defender Antonio Rudiger is set to leave Chelsea at the end of the season after refusing to sign a new contract worth over £200,000 per week, a deal that will make him the highest-paid defender in the club’s history The Trumpet gathered.
The defender whose contract ends at the end of this season is rumoured to be courted by Spanish giants Real Madrid which he would likely join on a free transfer. A snippet by BBC Sports reveals that the signing-on and agents fees hamper the agreement between both parties.
The alleged move by the 29 years German to the Santiago Bernabeu will unbalance the defensive structure of Thomas Tuchel who has made Rudiger an integral part of his plan for next season.
As Rudiger, who joined the West London club from Roma in 2017 at a record fee of £29million, Andreas Christensen has also been linked with a move to Barcelona.
The 26 years old Danish contract ends this summer with Xavi who is keen on rebuilding Barcelona seeking the services of the Chelsea defender. Reports have it that he has agreed on a deal with Barcelona.
Following the UK’s government sanctions on Chelsea which hampered the club’s financial dealings, it is inarguably impossible for the club to effect the contract of Rugider until the end of the season when the government grants it a special license.
Rudiger’s contract saga lasted for weeks before the government’s slammed sanctions on Chelsea over Roman Abramovich’s close ties with President Vladimir Putin.
Meanwhile, emerging reports from the UK, reveal that three bidders for Chelsea have placed bids worth over £2.5billion with expectations that a successful bidder will be announced later in the week.