Chelsea Tells Antonio Rudiger He’s Free to Go, Tottenham Interested

Antonio Rudiger of Chelsea in March. Photo by Mark Greenwood/IPS/Shutterstock (10577112ba)

After spending close to $300 million on players in this transfer window, Chelsea is looking to make some sales and try to cover the deficit to a certain extent. According to ESPN, one of the notable players that have been made available is center-back Antonio Rudiger, who has been told by the club that he’s free to go.

The news comes as a surprise since Rudiger was a regular starter for the club last season. However, Chelsea’s manager Frank Lampard reportedly decided that the 27-year-old player isn’t the best fit for his style and is willing to let him leave after not featuring the German international at all this season.

Chelsea would like to get around $25 million for Rudiger, and the player already attracted the interest of Tottenham Hotspur. However, sources close to the club say they are reluctant to send him to a Premier League rival and would prefer to see him go overseas.

Outside England, Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain are a potential destination for Rudinger, but according to reports, they are only interested in a loan deal. Chelsea, on the other hand, wants straight cash.

Antonio Rudiger arrived at Chelsea in 2017 from Seria A side AS Roma. He played 115 games for the club since then and helped bring FA Cup and UEFA Europa League trophies to Stamford Bridge.