VfB Stuttgart are looking to negotiate a new deal for defender Antonio Rudiger after increasing reports of interest from the Premier League.
There is a lot interest from Manchester United who are looking to bolster their back-line after a nervy start to the season under Louis van Gaal.
It has also been revealed this week that Chelsea are keen to secure the services of the 21-year-old and could weigh up a £7 million bid.
Elsewhere there is reported interest from Juventus, Bayern Munich, AS Monaco and even West Ham United have thrown their hat into the ring.
But Stuttgart’s sporting director, Jochen Schneider isn’t prepared to let go of one of their prized assets so easily and is looking to have further talks with the Germany International.
According to the Daily Star he told German newspaper Bild: “Our intention is to extend with Antonio Rudiger. Already Fredi Bobic [the former Stuttgart director of football] had talked with him recently, I also conducted a specific conversation with [Rudiger's agent] Uli Ferber.”
Rudiger has also spoken out but is adamant about staying in Germany despite the flattering interest from the Premier League.
He said: “The Premier League is very physical, intense, breathtaking and with a lot of goals.”
“My focus, though, remains on playing for Stuttgart. For now, I just have to try and progress as a player.”
Stuttering start for Stuttgart
The Bundesliga side have struggled so far this season having won just one game from their opening seven fixtures and are currently sitting 16th in the table.
Last month the club decided to part from their former sporting director, Fredi Bobic following the ‘negative trend’ of results.
The Swabians have got a tricky set of fixtures coming up for the rest of this month with Bayer Leverkusen coming to visit the Mercedes-Benz Arena this weekend followed by an away trip to Eintracht Frankfurt and a match-up against VfL Wolfsburg soon after.
If the club fail to move up the table soon then this may persuade Rudiger to look elsewhere for a move where he can progress his career.
Premier League options
If you leave aside West Ham, Rudiger has two viable options with Manchester United and Chelsea.
The Red Devils fall from fame has been well documented and the new regime under Van Gaal has been set back by defensive floors. Despite the additions of Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind, the former Bayern coach is looking for another sustainable centre-back.
Although the club are aspiring to return to the Champions League, there is no sure sign of this goal being met and this sense of doubt could swerve the German away.
Chelsea are on course for the Premier League title and have the squad depth to make progress in the other competitions including the Champions League which Mourinho is eager to bring to the Bridge as his former and now Schalke coach, Roberto Di Matteo did in 2012.
This is a tantalising move for the youngster but it will be difficult for him to push himself into what looks like an already solid back-line. Mourinho has a tendency to side line new signings for long periods of time before immersing them into the team and there is the danger that the 21-year old could be put out on loan.
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