Chelsea set to renew efforts to tie down Antonio Rudiger to a new deal after £140,000-a-week offer was rejected, with German holding out for closer to £200,000 amid free transfer interest from Real Madrid, PSG and Juventus
- Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger is out of contract at the end of the season
- The German defender is free to talk to foreign clubs about a free transfer
- Rudiger rejected Chelsea’s initial offer but they are hopeful of agreeing a deal
- It is thought that Rudiger would consider an offer close to £200,000-a-week
Chelsea are set to renew their efforts to keep Antonio Rudiger with an improved contract offer amid hope their key defender is open to staying at Stamford Bridge.
Rudiger is out of contract at the end of the season and his representatives have held talks with foreign clubs over a potential free transfer move abroad this summer.
Any move to a European rival will prove extremely lucrative for the centre-back, Sportsmail revealing last month that Rudiger is in line to earn as much as £400,000-per-week – including bonuses and other attached fees – on a Bosman transfer.
Chelsea are ready to renew their efforts to tie down Antonio Rudiger to a new contract
Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus are among the clubs interested.
But there is emerging optimism at Chelsea that Rudiger remains open to staying in west London despite the riches on offer elsewhere.
Chelsea are expected to make an improved contract offer to Rudiger after their original deal, worth in the region of £140,000-per-week, was rebuffed.
Romelu Lukaku signed a deal worth £325,000-per-week when he returned to Chelsea for a club record £97.5million in the summer.
Rudiger has proven himself to be as important in Thomas Tuchel’s first-team set-up as Lukaku this season.
And while goalscorers are traditionally paid more than defenders, Lukaku’s deal, particularly given both players are 28-years-old, is viewed as a reference point.
Rudiger celebrates after his winner at Tottenham in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night
It is thought that a basic wage close to £200,000-per-week would be seriously considered.
However, how Chelsea plan to make up the financial shortfall in bonuses and signing on fees Rudiger would be forgoing if he stays at Stamford Bridge is likely to make or break the club’s chances of making a competitive enough contract offer to tempt the player into staying.
Encouragingly, though, the prospect of Rudiger remaining at Chelsea is described as ‘possible’ by well-placed sources.
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel is hoping his German compatriot will stay at the club
And his Blues defensive colleague Malang Sarr has heaped praise on Rudiger’s presence within Chelsea’s squad.
‘He is amazing and off the pitch. What you see is him on the pitch is always giving heart, giving energy and always helping his team mates and you can see how influential he is.
‘He’s not just big, he’s a good, good player with the ball and he always tries to help the team, not just himself, to bring the toughness to the squad and just to lead.’
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