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Tottenham eyeing Chelsea centre back Rudiger

While it has been a positive start to the new Premier League campaign for Tottenham, following a turbulent transfer window with the fight to keep Harry Kane, very much at the centre of attention, another tussle could emerge in January.

This time around, it may see them go head-to-head with London rivals Chelsea, who may face a fight to keep centre back Antonio Rudiger who has reached an impasse in negotiations over a new contract.

Tottenham eyeing Chelsea centre back Rudiger

Under new manager Thomas Tuchel, the German international has been impressive, however, the Blues are reportedly refusing to budge on a contract offer of £150,000/week, with the player holding out for £200,000.

Out of contract next summer, it could see Chelsea cash in on him in January if his contract situation cannot be resolved, rather than lose him for free and as a result, Tottenham could pounce.

Despite the likes of PSG and Barcelona said to be monitoring his situation, the player is keen to stay in London, which could give Spurs the trump card should he become available.

 

Astute signing for Spurs?

With long-serving centre back Toby Alderweireld having left the club, Rudiger could go some way to replacing the Belgian and at still only 28, he definitely has a few years left playing at the highest level, while there is no doubt he would improve Tottenham’s rearguard.

Although they brought in the highly promising Juventus centre back, Cristian Romero in the summer, the Argentine is very being seen as one for the future at still only 23 and partnering him alongside someone of Rudiger’s pedigree could certainly benefit his development.

Going forward, all looks fine for Spurs, who appear to have an embarrassment of riches up front, especially having been able to retain Kane and for some, Rudiger could be seen as helping to complete the jigsaw puzzle.

With the player also in the last eight months of his contract, Daniel Levy’s sharp business mind could see him negotiate a shrewd deal for Rudiger in January, with Chelsea unlikely to get anything much beyond £20 million for their Champions League winner, who in today’s market is likely worth at least triple that amount.

An aerial presence, Rudiger also fits into new manager Nuno Espirito Santo’s philosophy of playing out from the back, with the German being very comfortable with the ball at his feet and helping to launch attacks.