Amid transfer speculation surrounding Antonio Rudiger's future, Chelsea have reportedly set their sights on a defender that would cost a club-record fee.
The German is believed to be in a contract standoff with the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League winners with his representatives yet to agree on a wage.
According to the Standard, talks between the pair have not gone down well as the centre-back reportedly wants £200 000 (R4.3 million) a week amid rumours that he is of interest to clubs such as Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain
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Italian outlet Calciomercato has stated that Roman Abramovich’s side are interested in an approach for Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt, who is believed to have a release clause in the region of €120 million (R2 billion) that becomes active at the end of the 2021/22 campaign.
Thomas Tuchel has a tough decision to make with Rudiger free to negotiate with other clubs in January 2022.
Defenders Cesar Azpilicueta and Andreas Christensen are also in the final years of their deals at the Blues, but it remains unknown as to whether they will renew or run their contracts down.
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