AS Monaco lead Chelsea in Antonio Rudiger transfer race

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AS Monaco are preparing to make a second move for Chelsea defender target Antonio Rudiger.

The 21-year-old centre back, who has made one international appearance for Germany, has been heavily linked with a move away from Stuttgart.

First bid rejected

French giants AS Monaco lead the race for the player, and have already tabled a £12million bid. However, the Bundesliga outfit turned it down.

Le 10 Sport now claims Leonardo Jardim is ready to go on the offensive to sign the player however, and the manager of the Ligue 1 club now has the advantage over the Blues as they consider other options.

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Jose Mourinho has made a number of big signings this summer, bringing Cesc Fabregas, Diego Costa and Felipe Luis to Stamford Bridge as Chelsea look to mount a serious title challenge.

Luiz replacement?

Whilst the later bolsters the side at full-back, ‘the Special One’ has not directly replaced David Luiz after his mega-move to Paris Saint-Germain from the capital, and Rudiger would solve that problem.

The youngster would have plenty of years ahead of him if Chelsea were able to bring him to west London, although other players have been linked - including Mehdi Benatia.

Long-term contract

Under contract until 2017, Rudiger has previously admitted that ‘anything is possible’ in the transfer window, but he won’t try and force a move away from his current club.

That means interested parties like Chelsea would have to pay good money to land the player - and anything over £12million might be seen as a gamble at this stage of his career.

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