Former Premier League star Carlton Palmer insists that Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger would be willing to move to Tottenham Hotspur on a free transfer at the end of the season.
The Germany international’s contract is set to expire at the end of the campaign and he has yet to agree to fresh terms with the Blues.
Reports claim that Chelsea will need to make Rudiger one of their highest-paid players in order to keep him at Stamford Bridge.
Talks are continuing over a potential deal but the defender may be available at the end of the season.
Indeed, Spurs have been linked with the central defender previously and Palmer does not think that the rivalry between the two clubs will prohibit a move.
He said: “Of course. We’ve seen that. Listen, although the rivalry is there, we’ve seen players go from Spurs to Arsenal, Arsenal to Spurs, or to Chelsea, whatever.
“You’ve seen William Gallas leave Chelsea to go to Arsenal, although the rivalry is there, you’ve seen Olivier Giroud leave Arsenal to go to Chelsea. If the deal’s right, the money’s right, the player will move and the club will move him on; that’s just the way it is.”
Rudiger has been with Chelsea since 2017 and has made a total of 156 appearances for the club, while also winning 47 caps for Germany; Transfermarkt value the defender at £25.2m.