Chelsea have made a huge €30million offer for a Serie A defender, according to reports on Wednesday.
The player Chelsea have allegedly made a move for is German international Antonio Rudiger, a defender who is set to represent Germany at Euro 2016 this summer.
Rudiger spent last season on loan at AS Roma and they have decided to activate a €10million (£7.73m) option to make the deal permanent. They are now willing to immediately sell the German for €20million profit, around £23million. According to reports, Chelsea have made a bid that matches this valuation.
Now the report comes from the Daily Express, not the most reliable source and they also claim they’re getting their news from ‘reports’ where that is from exactly, they don’t state. My guess is that they’ve jumped the gun with the ‘bid made’ part of the story, but there are plenty of sources linking Chelsea with serious interest and now that Roma have activated the buy-clause, you can expect this saga to speed up.
Liverpool are also interested in the German who has caught the eye of many top clubs with his performances for Roma last season. Antonio Conte will know a lot about the talent in the Serie A and if Chelsea do sign him, you can be sure that Conte has done his homework on the 23-year-old.
Chelsea are keen to add a young defender to their squad despite John Terry signing a contract extension. John Stones was thought to be the main target but now both Manchester clubs look the favourites. Rudiger is a young, fast and powerful central defender who can carry the ball out of the defence also. He is 6ft 3′ and despite his age, already has 10 caps for the World Champions, and he is set to pick up more this summer.
Rudiger makes 1.5 tackles and 3.2 clearances per game. These stats aren’t quite at the level of Chelsea’s current defenders but his age highlights room for improvement. His 86.8% pass success rate shows he is fairly comfortable in possession, should Conte decide to play with such a style. Rudiger is also capable of playing at right back and has even featured as a right midfielder for Roma on one occasion. Despite being 6ft 3′ it is fair to say that Rudiger doesn’t utilise his height enough, winning just 1.5 aerial duels per game and scoring just 2 goals from 37 appearances last season. You may rightfully expect more of a return from a man of his height and a player apparently earmarked to take Terry’s place in the side.