If Chelsea’s dramatic 2-2 draw with Tottenham taught us anything it’s that no matter how much fight the Blues pile in, their leaky defence proves costly. It’s been an underlying issue that has exemplified their struggles in the league this season.
Consequently, there have been a deluge of centre-backs linked with a move to Stamford Bridge to address this problem. Antonio Conte’s arrival has seen a number of Serie A stars in particular associated with the west London side, one of which proving Antonio Rudiger.
With John Terry set to depart in the summer and Gary Cahill on the wane, it may be a move that suits Chelsea very well. Coupled with the undoubted pulling power of Conte, the Blues should pounce for the 23-year-old to help shore up their back-four.
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While far from the youngest centre-back starlet on the European scene, Rudiger is without doubt a defender on the rise. Although his parent club Stuttgart have loaned him out, the German has been solid since his temporary move to AS Roma.
In fact, Rudiger has made 29 appearances for Roma, which is an impressive feat considering the pedigree of the side. The 23-year-old is very capable with the ball at his feet, strong into tackles and renowned for his pace.
Moreover, his recent rise has even attracted the attention of Joachim Low who has handed the battling defender nine international caps. It’s looking increasingly likely that Rudiger will feature for the World Champions during this summer’s European championship.
In light of the aforementioned strengths and experience of the player, Chelsea are reported to be interested in Rudiger. The Express has documented Conte’s desire to pry the German from the Italian capital and bring him to Stamford Bridge.
The same publication even reports that, despite a strong spell in Rome, the club is likely to allow him to leave permanently this summer. Such a move is likely to be supported by that of his parent club Stuttgart for whom Rudiger clambered up the youth ranks.
His renowned physicality would make him a good fit for the Premier League and at 23-years-old, he would prove a long-term investment. Rudiger may also prove the man to add pace to the Chelsea back-four, something the club criminally lacks when fielding Cahill and Terry together.
Blues supporters should be rubbing their hands together at the prospect of a Rudiger-Zouma partnership and there would be few strikers in the league fancying their chances against the pair.
While Chelsea are exploring the possibility of signing numerous Serie A defenders, Rudiger proves one of the more appetising and realistic targets proposed. Besides, why would Chelsea turn down a centre-back who’ll be playing for the World Champions in France this summer?
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