Chelsea have agreed a deal in excess of £33m to bring the summer signing of AS Roma defensive star Antonio Rudiger to Stamford Bridge.
Sky Sports report that the 24-year-old will move for an initial fee of around £29m, with the rest coming in add-ons and conditional payments further down the line. The Germany defender is expected to arrive in west London on Monday to sign off on personal terms and complete a medical.
Italian clubs asking for crazy money from English clubs for players. Roma signed Antonio Rudiger for £7.6m last summer. Now want £35m
— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) June 30, 2017
Rudiger’s arrival will likely see the Blues give up their pursuit of Southampton star Virgil van Dijk, who looks increasingly likely to remain at St Mary’s this summer, despite at one point being on the verge of a £50-60m move to Liverpool.
The move follows the departure of versatile young defender Nathan Ake on Friday morning, the Dutch 22-year-old returning to Bournemouth to sign a five-year deal for the Cherries in a deal worth £20m.
Rudiger will slot into the defence which kept the most clean sheets in the Premier League last season, with a regular starting back three of Gary Cahill, David Luiz and Cesar Azpilicueta, and it’s unclear as things stand who the German is expected to push for their place in the team.
Antonio Conte looks to be getting on with his summer transfer business as he attempts to add depth to a squad which won the title last season, but did so without the distraction and pressure on his players of midweek European competition after their well-publicised disastrous 2015/16 campaign.