Stamford Bridge side chase Stuttgart centre-back.
Chelsea are reportedly keeping an eye on young Stuttgart centre-back Antonio Rudiger, with the Daily Star stating that the 22-year-old could represent an ‘ideal’ potential replacement for veteran defender John Terry.
The young defender has bounced back well after failing to make the grade at Borussia Dortmund, having spent three years in the Westfalenstadion side’s youth team set-up. He has matured into one of the most consistent performers in the Bundesliga.
Rudiger’s excellent displays for Stuttgart have led to a call-up to Joachim Low’s German national team set-up and, should Chelsea come calling, the Mercedes-Benz Arena side may struggle to keep hold of such a hot prospect.
Terry had an outstanding season this term, the 34-year-old playing every single minute of the West London side’s Premier League title-winning campaign, but clearly the Blues skipper is in the latter stages of his glittering career and, as such, Jose Mourinho would have to be considering a long-term replacement.
Young Frenchman Kurt Zouma had appeared to be the man for the job but the former Saint-Etienne man has looked far more accomplished when used in a defensive midfield spot, and, as such, Mourinho may have elected to scout for a young pretender.
The Daily Star claim a fee of as little as £8m could be enough to land Rudiger and that’s an outlay that will clearly be well within the reach of owner Roman Abramovich.
Though Chelsea have a number of young talents coming through, such as defenders Andreas Christensen and Tomáš Kalas, Mourinho hasn’t shown a great deal of faith in central defensive options coming through the Stamford Bridge ranks, and this could be the reason why the Portuguese boss would be tracking potential new additions.