Premier League champions Chelsea have completed the signing of Roma and Germany defender Antonio Rudiger for a reported fee of £34M, as per Sky Sports.
Rudiger, who made 26 league appearances as Roma finished runners-up in Serie A, has a signed a five-year deal with the Blues after the two clubs were able to agree a fee for the 24-year-old.
Following this announcement by the Blues, Rudiger becomes the club’s second summer signing after former Man City goalkeeper Willy Caballero was signed on a free transfer on July 1st.
The announcement will no doubt come to the delight of Chelsea fans, who had began to get somewhat restless over the club’s lack of confirmed signings so far this window.
Could this announcement of German international Rudiger trigger the floodgates to open for the Blues to complete a number of other signings for players that they’ve been targeting? We’ll just have to wait and see.
Chelsea won the Premier League by a comfortable seven-point margin last season, but Manchester City – who ended 15 points off the pace – are the new title favourites ahead of the 2017-18 campaign.
If you fancy placing a bet – or even one of your free bets – on Chelsea to successfully defend their crown, you can currently get around 7/2 with most bookies.