Chelsea funds boost? Antonio Rudiger reportedly in high demand ahead of January window

The latest word doing the rounds in the European media on Tuesday suggests that a trio of European heavyweights are interested in a January swoop for Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger.

Blues struggles

German international Rudiger has of course endured a campaign to forget thus far.

On the back of the arrival of veteran Thiago Silva in southwest London, the 27-year-old has slipped majorly down the pecking order of Frank Lampard.

As things stand, all of Silva, Kurt Zouma and Andreas Christensen appear to represent favoured options for the Chelsea boss.

In turn, across the Blues’ opening 11 Premier League fixtures in 2020/21, Rudiger has been afforded just a solitary start.

Add to this the fact that Chelsea finally appear to have put the club’s defensive woes behind them, and a route back into the first-choice plans of Frank Lampard becomes an even more difficult one to navigate for the German.

Chelsea funds boost? Antonio Rudiger reportedly in high demand ahead of January window

LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 22: Antonio Rudiger of Chelsea tries to shield the ball so that Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga can gather the ball during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea FC at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on December 22, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mark Leech/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)

Serie A return?

As such, it should come as little surprise to see speculation hinting at an imminent Stamford Bridge exit for Rudiger begin to mount.

The stopper was actually hotly tipped to move on during the summer, with a surprise Tottenham switch having even been touted late in the window.

As outlined above, though, it is a trio of other top clubs from around Europe who are now said to be eyeing up Rudiger’s signature.

The first, as reported by Spanish outlet Sport, are La Liga heavyweights Barcelona.

The long-term injury picked up by Gerard Pique has left the Blaugrana desperately short on options at the back, with Rudiger said to be viewed as a defender ‘who can come in and perform immediately in both the league and the Champions League’.

Elsewhere, word stemming from Italy suggests that two of Serie A’s giants are also keen on the 27-year-old.

Calciomercato have hinted at the possibility of Rudiger departing Stamford Bridge on loan in January, in a deal containing an ensuing option to buy in the summer.

Juventus and AC Milan, in turn, are said to be keeping a close eye on the situation.

Rudiger of course has previous experience of Italian football, having starred for Roma before making the move to Chelsea in 2017.

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2 Liverpool FC 11 9 24
3 Chelsea FC 11 14 22
4 Leicester City FC 11 6 21
5 Southampton FC 11 4 20
6 Manchester United FC 10 2 19
7 Manchester City FC 10 6 18
8 West Ham United FC 11 4 17
9 Everton FC 11 2 17
10 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 11 -4 17
11 Crystal Palace FC 11 1 16
12 Aston Villa FC 9 7 15
13 Newcastle United FC 10 -3 14
14 Leeds United 11 -4 14
15 Arsenal FC 11 -4 13
16 Brighton & Hove Albion FC 11 -3 10
17 Fulham FC 11 -10 7
18 Burnley FC 10 -13 6
19 West Bromwich Albion 11 -15 6
20 Sheffield United FC 11 -13 1
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Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur FC 10
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 9
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City FC 9
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur FC 8
Bamford, Patrick Leeds United 8
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United FC 7
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace FC 7
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United FC 7
Ings, Danny Southampton FC 6
Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa FC 6
Grealish, Jack Aston Villa FC 5
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 5
Ward-Prowse, James Southampton FC 4
Werner, Timo Chelsea FC 4
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City FC 4
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 4
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion FC 4
Bowen, Jarrod West Ham United FC 4
Zouma, Kurt Chelsea FC 4

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