The Dilly Dally between Man United and Chelsea over a deal for Romelu Lukaku seem to have overtaken other prospective deals, to the extent that many have forgotten that a certain Antonio Rudiger is close to a Chelsea deal.
Chelsea appear to be close to their second summer signing as we are made to understand by Skysports – the agent of Antonio Rudiger arrived London on Saturday to facilitate a deal between Roma and Chelsea for his aforementioned client.
The Blues agreed to meet the players valuation that could potentially rise to £34m( € 38) and the deal is expected to be completed over the next two days. Although, it was widely reported that the player has had a Chelsea medical, we have not been able to establish that claim.
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is poised to strengthen his back line and he has identified the tough-tackling centre back as a perfect fit for his team. The desire to sign Rudiger stemmed from the departures of Nathan Ake and John Terry.
Rudiger made a mark in the just concluded confederations Cups game hosted by Russia and he has been tipped for greater show-offs. German football expert Raphael Honigstein,who has closely followed the progress of Rudiger revealed that in the player, Chelsea would have a world class defender.
“He’s made huge progress since moving to Roma from Stuttgart,” He said on ESPN of Rudiger.
“I think he’s very much benefited from Italian mentalities as far as defending is concerned.
“He benefits from the new fashion of three at the back, which helps his game. He’s been tried as a right-back in the past which wasn’t really his forte.
“I think that’s where his game can really still improve. He’s had a great couple of years in terms of development and with a good coach and good team he can develop further.
“I don’t necessarily think he’s one of the best centre-backs in the world just yet.”
If the deal pulls through, Rudiger would join Willy Cabellero at Stamford Bridge as the second summer signing.
He played a huge role for Role last season as his cameos helped them finish second in the Seria A.