Juventus have hit a roadblock in their pursuit to sign Antonio Rudiger over the Chelsea defender’s wage demands, according to reports. The 29-year-old sees his contract at Stamford Bridge expire at the end of the season and, with the Blues currently unable to dish out new deals, he’s set to leave in the summer.
Rudiger has grown into one of Chelsea’s most important players since Thomas Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard. The Germany international’s dazzling displays, which guided the west Londoners to European and World glory, has attracted the attention of some of Europe’s biggest sides.
With Chelsea yet to resolve their takeover saga, the centre-back has quickly become one of the most highly sought after free agents who are available this summer. Last month, the Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport reported that Rudiger agreed to swap west London for Turin.
The report claimed that the German accepted a four-year deal with the Serie A giants, having turned his nose up at offers from Bayern Munich and Real Madrid. However, if fellow Italian outlet Corriere Torino is believed, the Old Lady’s mission to sign Rudiger has hit the rocks after offering the Chelsea man £2.5m less than what is being asked for.
Corriere Torino states that there is a disparity between ‘supply and demand’ regarding Rudiger’s wage demands and how much Juventus are willing to pay. It states that the defender is asking for an eye-watering signing fee in the region of £16.9m
But, while Rudiger is seemingly entwined in a transfer brawl, the report outlines that he’s willing to remain patient before concluding his future. His ‘priority’, reportedly, is to remain at Chelsea, despite the sanctions on the club.
As soon as the west Londoners get a new owner, Chelsea will be able to reignite their efforts of tying Rudiger to an extension. Though, the search for a new investor is taking time following several extensions to the deadline by Raine Group.