Real Madrid feel optimistic about their chances of signing Antonio Rudiger and are prioritising a move for the Chelsea player. Among other football transfer news, Real Madrid are confident on Antonio Rudiger joining them as they look to improve their defence.
Chelsea star Antonio Rudiger’s contract at Stamford Bridge will expire in the summer of 2022. And, it seems, the 28-year-old centre-back has no intention of renewing his deal.
The Blues head coach Thomas Tuchel has been trying to convince the Germany international to commit to fresh terms. But now, despite Chelsea long prioritising a finalization of Rudiger’s contract extension, the mission appears impossible.
The last offer the Blues made was around €8 million (£7m/$9m) net per year.
However, Rudiger would still be paid less than team-mates such as Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Marcos Alonso, Timo Werner, Thiago Silva, Kai Havertz and Romelu Lukaku and he is very aware of this fact.
Football Transfer News – Real Madrid Are Confident on Antonio Rudiger
In light of this situation at Stamford Bridge, Real Madrid have kept an eye on Rudige.
They have anyway been discussing a move for a new central defender, after the return of Carlo Ancelotti as coach.
And Rudiger, Chelsea’s defender, is the Santiago Bernabeu side’s preferred candidate currently.
They hope to add him to the likes of Eder Militao, David Alaba and Nacho to shore up the position.
Though Madrid have studied other options in their hunt for a new centre-back, they are most optimistic about signing Rudiger.
However, this is not to say that there aren’t various obstacles that stand in the way for Real Madrid.
One is that Rudiger’s contract situation has attracted the attention of several top teams in Europe, with many pursuing him.
Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain, beside Real Madrid, are also keeping a close eye on developments in west London.
Another issue for the Madrid club, which Bayern will also struggle with, is the difficulty in meeting his salary demands.
Media in England and Germany claim he wants as much as €12m (£10m/$14m) approximate net per season.