Chelsea want to sign VfB Stuttgart’s Antonio Rudiger this summer but could face a challenge in sealing his signature, claims the player’s agent.
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The Germany international’s representative, Sahr Senesie, has discussed the future of his client, and has revealed that the 22-year-old has attracted interest from two clubs, including the Premier League champions.
“I know of interest from Wolfsburg and Chelsea,” he said, as quoted by the London Evening Standard.
However, despite Senesie appearing to confirm that Chelsea are keen on luring the centre-back to Stamford Bridge, he insists that Rudiger would prefer to remain in the Bundesliga.
“Antonio would prefer to stay in Germany.”
The London Evening Standard cite reports from Germany that Wolfsburg have agreed terms for Rudiger, but state that his potential transfer to the Volkswagen Arena has not yet been completed, as Stuttgart’s valuation of £12.7m has not been met.
On Wednesday, reports from the Daily Star also suggested that the Blues were on the verge of completing a deal for Augsburg left-back Abdul Rahman Baba, as Mourinho could be keen on injecting youth into his defence.
John Terry, 34, Gary Cahill, 29, and Branislav Ivanovic, 31, are currently first-choice in the west London giants’ back-line, but with Kurt Zouma, 20, having been the only promising defensive youngster to have made his mark on the Chelsea first-team recently, reports suggest that Mourinho is looking to address this potential area of concern over the summer.
Along with their defence, the Blues could be close to adding to their attack, with reports from The Guardian claiming that former Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao has signed a deal with the club, and will join up with the Blues when their pre-season tour gets underway in two weeks’ time.