Newcastle United Join Chase for Antonio Rudiger
Further Spending for the Magpies
Rudiger’s contract at Chelsea comes to an end after this season. It looks increasingly likely that the German international will leave Stamford Bridge in the upcoming transfer window.
In addition to their January spending, the Magpies are set for a summer full of transfers under the club’s new Saudi Arabian ownership.
Defensive Crisis for Chelsea With Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen and Cesar Azpilicueta All Set to Leave
Despite the rumours, Rudiger is focused on his remaining time at Chelsea.
Speaking after the Blues’ victory over Tottenham Hotspur in the Carabao Cup semi-final, he said: “I’m enjoying it. You have to see it in chapters. I enjoy this chapter. So far yeah it’s the best part of my career. As you said there are a lot of games and the schedule is getting busier and busier.”
However, more defensive issues remain for Thomas Tuchel’s side as Andreas Christensen and Cesar Azpilicueta have both been heavily linked to Barcelona.
If all three leave, it would mean Thiago Silva would be the only senior centre back at the club.
Tuchel may be kicking himself this summer that he let young defender Fikayo Tomori leave Chelsea for AC Milan last January.
Tomori broke into the Chelsea side under Frank Lampard. He was loaned out to AC Milan last January, who then exercised their £25 million option to buy the defender.
The 24-year-old has excelled in Italy. Tomori could end the season with a Serie A winners medal as AC Milan currently sit top of the table.
In October, Tomori was asked about his difficulties at Chelsea, he said: “Since I have been at Milan, I haven’t really thought about it.
“It was a difficult time – every footballer wants to play, and every footballer wants to show themselves on the pitch.
“I had a really good support system with my family and my friends – and now I’ve overcome that I want to take it further and keep progressing
According to Fabrizio Romano, Chelsea did not opt to add a buy-back clause into Tomori’s contract.