On the back of a season that was marred by several lapses in defence and under par performances, Chelsea suffered their worst campaign in the Roman Abramovich era.
In order to redeem themselves, the Blues have already started with their plans for next season with a number of new arrivals on the cards.
Antonio Rudiger is one such name that features high up on the wishlist of the former Premier League champions and incidentally also finds an admirer in incoming boss Antonio Conte.
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Goal.com reports the Stamford Bridge-based club are still in the race to sign him, despite the centre-back signing a four-year permanent deal with AS Roma last month.
But who is Rudiger, and does he actually fit the Chelsea mould that can aid to their revival in 2016-17?
Rudiger is a traditional centre-half hailing from Germany, and after representing Stuttgart in Bundesliga for four seasons, is currently plying his trade in Italy for AS Roma.
He spent the last year on loan with the Serie A outfit and his successful outings resulted in the Giallorossi sealing a €9 million move for the defender this summer.
An imposing figure at the heart of defence, Rudiger is astute in his tackling attributes and winning aerial duels on a regular basis, while being comfortable with the ball at his feet, hence averaging an impressive 83.3% pass success rate in 2015-16, as per WhoScored.com.
Capable of playing anywhere along the back-line, the 23-year-old, although being a centre-back by trade, can easily fill in at right-back, as well as occasionally playing as a defensive midfielder.
That would provide depth and dynamics to the Chelsea squad as a player competent at performing in different areas of the pitch brings an added advantage for the manager.
His never-say-die attitude and superb last ditch clearances while at Stuttgart brought him to the limelight which was discerned by national team coach Joachim Low and clubs across Europe.
The west London club alerted the Bundesliga side over a year ago about their inclination to sign the young prodigy, but Rudiger wanted to remain in his native country helping the Mercedes-Benz Arena side in their fight for survival in the German top-flight.
However, after guiding the club to safety in 2014-15, Rudiger sealed a year-long loan move to the Italian capital, and has gone from strength to strength since.
At 23, he is by no means a finished product and has scope for development entering the prime of his career in the coming years.
The only negative aspect of his style of play includes a lack of concentration - a trait observed in many youngsters, which will improve with experience and time.
Chelsea are in desperate need of reinforcements, especially in defence, and by securing Rudiger, they can commence on their quest for rejuvenation.
He has 10 caps for Germany and is a pivotal part of Low’s long-term plans, thereby, he can also be instrumental for the Londoners next season and beyond.
Chelsea are readying a £19.5m bid this summer, according to Evening Standard, but any possible deal would suffice only after the conclusion of the Euro 2016 after Rudiger completes his national team duties in France.
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