Exclusive – Milan are close to securing the loan signing of Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger with the Blues joyful to let the German depart with out penning a new deal.
Rudiger is but to make a Premier League appearance for Frank Lampard’s side this season, with the likes of Kurt Zouma, Andreas Christensen and Thiago Silva all being most well-liked at centre-back.
The 27-year-old at the moment has two years left on his present deal and it had been reported that Chelsea had been eager to lengthen this by 12 months before sanctioning his Stamford Bridge departure.
However, a source has told that the Blues are actually keen to let Rudiger be part of Milan on loan with out a new contract being agreed beforehand. Talks are already properly underway between the 2 clubs and a deal is probably going to be struck quickly.
Paris Saint-Germain and Tottenham have also been linked with the previous Stuttgart man lately but the Rossoneri seem to have won the race for his signature.
Milan have made a excellent start to the season, successful all of the first three Serie A games and also progressing into the Europa League group phases after an enthralling penalty shootout victory in opposition to Rio Ave. Their first game back after the international break is in opposition to metropolis rivals Inter, the place their new signing may line up in opposition to former supervisor Antonio Conte.
Rudiger made 26 appearances in all competitions last season thanks to a string of niggling injuries. These days, he is a way down the pecking order in west London and it’s thought he is open to a loan move as he tries to earn his place within the Germany squad for next summer time’s European Championships.
He did manage to squeeze his manner into essentially the most recent Die Mannschaft selection but with competitions for locations rife, it may solely be a matter of time before Joachim Low explores different choices.