Chelsea are targeting VfB Stuttgart defender Antonio Rudiger as a long-term replacement for club captain John Terry, according to the Daily Star.
West Ham United were extremely keen on the highly rated centre-back during the summer, however an asking price of £7million plus Rudiger’s determination to move to a top club meant a deal could not be finalized.
The Stuttgart ace has been monitored by the Chelsea hierarchy as a possible replacement to John Terry, who is reaching the twilight years of his career.
The Blues were previously targeting Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane, but Rudiger’s much cheaper price sees the German as a more attractive option compared to Real’s £40million valuation of Varane.
Currently Terry and Gary Cahill are the two centre-back deployed by manager Jose Mourinho in the Chelsea defence, with youngsters Kurt Zouma and Andreas Christensen back-ups to the first-team pairing.
Branislav Ivanovic could also move into a centre-back role from right-back if required, but at 31 the Blues will still make a move for Rudiger as a plan for the future.