Manchester United have reportedly joined Real Madrid in their pursuit of one of Chelsea's most coveted stars.
Following the appointment of Ralf Rangnick as United's interim manager, various reports have suggested that the new coach will looking for reinforcements in the upcoming transfer window as the Red Devils look to push for a top-four finish.
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While the Manchester club has been linked with a wide range of players in offensive positions, a new report has suggested that United have now joined the race for a certain defender's signature.
According to Sky Sports Germany, the Red Devils are keen to sign Chelsea centre-back Antonio Rudiger, who has been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid of late.
The Germany star is yet to sign a new deal with the European champions, with the two parties having so far failed to come to an agreement regarding personal terms on an extension.
Rudiger, who will be out of contract with the Blues in June 2022, has been an integral member of Thomas Tuchel's side since the tactician took charge of the London club in January this year.
According to The Guardian, the player's representatives have already had positive talks with LaLiga table-toppers Real, who are said to be willing to agree to the 28-year-old's wage demands.
It is further reported that the former AS Roma star is holding out for a deal worth up to £200 000 (R4.2 million) a week, with Chelsea said to have offered him a weekly wage of £140 000 (R2.9 million) so far – this is a considerable increase on the reported £90 000 (R1.9 million)-a-week contract he is currently on.
Other clubs said to be in the race to sign Rudiger include Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain, although it is also understood that the centre-back loves his life in London, so an extension of his stay at Stamford Bridge cannot be ruled out just yet.
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