An update has emerged on Tottenham and their pursuit of Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger…
According to Football Insider, Spurs chief Daniel Levy is preparing to splash out ‘huge’ wages in an offer to sign the Germany international.
The report claims that the 28-year-old is out of contract next summer, and Fabio Paratici is hoping to convince him to arrive in north London on a free transfer at the end of the season.
The Chelsea defender would be a huge coup for Conte at Spurs and the two shot-callers, Paratici and Levy, must ensure that they are able to get a deal over the line for him. Whether that means they sign him in January in a cut-price deal or on a free transfer at the end of the campaign, they must bring him to the club to bolster the 52-year-old’s squad.
An issue with allowing his contract to run down and trying to sign him on a free could be that many clubs may want to snap him up for nothing. This could make it difficult for Spurs to convince him to make the switch, particularly if they fail to qualify for the Champions League.
They must get a deal done one way or another, because Rudiger could be a sublime addition to Conte’s team given his performances in England for the Blues.
His manager Thomas Tuchel previously lauded the ex-Roma enforcer’s talents, saying: “Toni has established himself exceptionally since the first day we arrived. He is an absolute leader and plays at an incredibly high level.” The 48-year-old has also described the centre-back as “outstanding”.
The Germany defender has been in fine form this season, with an average SofaScore rating of 7.09 in the top flight across 16 starts, scoring two goals from centre-back whilst helping the team to keep seven clean sheets. This comes after he averaged an overall rating of 7.26 last season, with Chelsea keeping 11 clean sheets in his 19 league starts.
This means that he has kept 18 clean sheets in 35 top-flight starts since the beginning of the 2020/21 campaign. Tottenham have managed 18 shutouts in their last 52 Premier League outings, suggesting that Rudiger could certainly come in and improve their defence.
The German’s SofaScore rating of 7.26 last term is also higher than any Spurs defender has managed in the last two campaigns, which shows the quality and consistency that he is able to deliver at centre-back. Therefore, he could be an outstanding player for Conte to call upon.