Transfer News: Juventus brand Antonio Rudiger takes over from ‘Giorgio Chiellini’ in bid to lure him from Chelsea
According to the Sun, Juventus have identified Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger as the potential successor to their veteran centre-back Giorgio Chiellini. The German international is set to be out of contract with the Blues at the end of the season and has been heavily linked with a move to the Turin club.
The current sanctions imposed on the club mean that the Blues are not allowed to negotiate new deals or grant contract renewals to its players. It comes at the most unfortunate time as Cesar Azpilicueta and Andreas Christensen are also set to become free agents at the end of the season.
The 29-year-old has become a central part of the backline since the arrival of Thomas Tuchel. His physical prowess and commanding defensive presence have been crucial for the West Londoners, who have enjoyed much success in Europe recently.
It has to be said that the possibility of Rudiger remaining at Stamford Bridge beyond this season is looking more and more unlikely with each passing day. It’s no secret that Tuchel admires the German international, given the defender’s regular departures for the club this season despite his contractual stalemate.
What future for Rudiger?
the Bianconeri are trying to reassert themselves in Serie A after falling behind against AC Milan and Inter Milan for the past two seasons. Juve spent big money to land Matthijs de Ligt for an initial fee of £67.8m plus £9.47m in additional costs.
Despite beating several contenders to get his hands on the young defensive prodigy, the Dutch defender has yet to establish himself as one of the figureheads of defense at the Allianz Stadium. This, coupled with Chiellini’s aging body, makes for a good mix for them to pursue a defender like Rudiger who is at the peak of his powers.
This could be a blow for the Blues who have been gaining success recently based on their strong defensive base. The thought of losing someone like Antonio Rudiger, also on a free transfer in the current ownership situation, can put the club in a very difficult situation.
The Germany international has been a regular starter for the clubs who have already collected 191 appearances for the Blues so far, scoring 10 goals and providing seven assists. His composure at the back has helped us on several occasions so far.
The former VfB Stuttgart player is also linked with Bayern Munich and Real Madrid, with the names of Manchester United and Newcastle United also in the fray. The club hope the 26-year-old defender can stay beyond his current deal. He is said to prefer Juve’s interest over any foreign teams.
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It remains to be seen whether Rudiger can resist being touted as the successor to one of the sport’s greats in Chiellini, who recently won the UEFA Euro with Italy. If he had to stay at Chelsea, surely there would have been news that would have confirmed his attention given that we are about to enter April in less than 5 days.
That being said, crazier things have happened in football and unless we see an official announcement from the club regarding Rudiger’s future, we can’t completely rule out the possibility that the defender will remain at the bridge beyond that. of summer.