Chelsea risk losing Antonio Rudiger on a free transfer next summer as they refuse to comply with his demands for a new contract, sources told ESPN.
The 28-year-old has entered the final year of his existing contract at Stamford Bridge and talks on an extension have made little progress since Euro 2020 concluded in July.
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Sources have told ESPN that Rudiger plans to double his £ 100,000 weekly wage in order to sign what is likely the last big deal of his career.
Chelsea have so far only hinted that they are ready to offer around £ 150,000 a week and the impasse has caught the interest of several top European clubs.
The financial ramifications of COVID-19 have limited the transfer power of many top teams, and so the prospect of a center-back winning the Champions League in the peak years of his career will likely attract free Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid and Juventus – all of them before expresses her interest in Rüdiger.
He will be free to speak directly to foreign clubs from January 1st. Rudiger also said he discussed moving to London rivals Tottenham Hotspur last summer when Jose Mourinho was in charge.
Sources said ESPN Rudiger preferred to stay in West London, but Chelsea have previously taken a firm stance on players in similar positions and refused to accept Willian’s request for a longer contract than the club originally offered before he allowed him to join Arsenal last year.
Any decision on Rüdiger is likely to be influenced by the club’s pursuit of Sevilla FC defender Jules Kounde.
As ESPN reported last week, Chelsea remain keen that Kounde failed to reach a deal this summer, but only if Sevilla abandon their recent insistence will the 22-year-old’s € 80million price be met.
Thiago Silva’s future also matters as he turns 37 next week and has a contract that expires at the end of the season. Chelsea have already approved another center-back, Kurt Zouma, for a € 29.4m deal with West Ham United.