Chelsea may finally land their first major signing of the summer in the next two days if Antonio Rudiger successfully completes a medical at the club.
The Roma centre-back is due to undergo fitness tests ahead of a proposed £34.2m transfer at a base in Los Angeles – the location of Rudiger’s current summer break – and Sky Italia has stated its belief that Rudiger would officially become a Blues player by Friday if there are no complications from the procedure.
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has grown increasingly frustrated over the Premier League champions’ lack of movement in the transfer market this summer, but he could land one of his key targets at long last if Rudiger signs on the dotted line in the next 48 hours.
Rudiger will allegedly join Chelsea for an initial £30.7m, with the rest of the fee based on additiona clauses and bonuses in his contract at Stamford Bridge.
The 24-year-old will also net himself a not-too-shabby £3.5m-a-season in wages when he pens his reported five-year deal, and will prove to be a talented replacement for departed legend John Terry, who joined Aston Villa on a one-year deal on Monday.
Rudiger was first tipped with a switch to west London 12 months ago upon Conte’s arrival, but no move materialised and the Germany international was transferred to I Giallorossi from former side Stuttgart for around £8m following a successful season-long loan the season before.
Antonio Rüdiger in Serie A over the past two seasons:
84.9% pass acc.
185 long balls
87 aerial duels won
66 tackles won pic.twitter.com/7A6Soiudo6
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) July 4, 2017
Rudiger was part of the triumphant Germany side that secured the 2017 Confederations Cup over Chile last Sunday, but he remained coy on his future following those celebrations when asked if a move to Chelsea was imminent.
He said: “It’s not about the future now… it’s now about enjoyment. I need to enjoy this moment, and I’m enjoying it to the fullest. The rest we will see in the coming weeks.”
The defender has gone on to make 72 appearances in all competitions for the Stadio Olimpico-based outfit, and will join fellow summer recruit Willy Caballero in joining Conte’s cause ahead of a fixture-packed 2017/18 campaign.
Chelsea are also thought to be close to a £35m deal for Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, while Everton striker and ex-Blues player Romelu Lukaku remains a firm summer target.