According to Fichajes.Net, Tottenham Hotspur are eyeing up former Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger, who is fighting for his place in the starting XI at La Liga giants Real Madrid.
The North London club are looking to strengthen their defense, which has been identified as an area that requires immediate attention. Rudiger, who has struggled to cement his place in the Real Madrid team since joining from Chelsea last summer, could be a perfect fit for Antonio Conte’s system of three central defenders at Tottenham.
El Tottenham Hotspur se fija en Antonio Rüdiger para el veranohttps://t.co/6MbfHO7FWu
— Fichajes.net (@fichajesnet) February 17, 2023
Rudiger has made 30 appearances for Los Blancos across different tournaments, scoring two goals. However, his time at the club has not gone according to plan, and he has found himself out of favor with the Real Madrid hierarchy. The German defender is said to be interested in leaving the club, especially after the rumored return of Fran Garcia at the Santiago Bernabeau.
Antonio Rudiger has had a substandard start to life at Real Madrid, having joined on a free transfer from #CFC last summer.
The 29-year-old has been called out in the media for poor performances on multiple occasions. pic.twitter.com/lk9E2tD3oW
— Football España (@footballespana_) February 18, 2023
Despite being interested in the player, Tottenham are aware that they will not be able to get him for a low fee, considering his experience in the Premier League and differential quality.
The club is looking to become a candidate to win the Premier League and ensure the continuity of Antonio Conte, who has complained about the club’s lack of investment and is ending his contract in the summer of 2023.
The arrival of Rudiger could strengthen Tottenham’s defensive options, which are currently limited beyond Cristian Romero. Conte has urged Tottenham Managing Director Fabio Paratici to sign top-level defenders, and the addition of the experienced German would significantly boost the team.
The deal would depend on Real Madrid’s decision and the interest in Josko Gvardiol for the summer, whose arrival could facilitate Rudiger’s departure from the Santiago Bernabeu. The potential signing of Rudiger by Tottenham is likely to be one of the most important moves of the upcoming summer market.
Chelsea eye traditional number 9 to complement Christopher Nkunku and Joao Felix
Chelsea have reportedly made it clear that they see Christopher Nkunku as a player who can operate behind the striker and not as a traditional No. 9, as per transfer expert Fabrizio Romano.
#Chelsea see Christopher Nkunku playing behind the striker, not as a traditional No9. They will go for a striker in the summer.
(@FabrizioRomano via @ChampsHouseCBS)
— Chels HQ ⭐️⭐️ (@Chels_HQ) February 17, 2023
Chelsea have a pre-contract agreement with the French international, who missed out on the 2022 FIFA World Cup campaign after sustaining an injury during the warm-up games.
Despite being happy with Nkunku and Joao Felix, Chelsea are said to be on the hunt for a striker in the summer to complement the duo. The West London club will look to bolster their attack to give them the best chance of competing for titles next season.