The Lowdown: Man United interest in Rudiger
The Red Devils could make up to 10 signings under new manager Erik ten Hag this summer, with the 29-year-old emerging as a target earlier this month.
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Ten Hag was reportedly eyeing the Chelsea centre-back, who is out of contract at the end of June, to replace captain Harry Maguire.
Blues manager Thomas Tuchel confirmed at the weekend that the German is set to leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season, but it doesn’t look as if a move to Old Trafford will materialise for the player.
The Latest: Romano’s update on Rudiger
Transfer expert Romano took to Twitter on Monday morning to share a major update on Rudiger’s future.
He revealed that Real Madrid have reached a verbal agreement with the 29-year-old ahead of a free transfer to the Bernabeu, stating:
“Real Madrid have reached verbal agreement with Antonio Rudiger. Contract not signed yet – but Real Madrid are now closing on Rudiger deal on a free: here we go soon! #Real Madrid
“It’s gonna be a long-term deal. Final details to be discussed soon, before signing the contract.”
The Verdict: Blow for Man Utd
United have kept just one clean sheet in their last 11 games in all competitions, so defensive reinforcements appear to be needed ahead of Ten Hag’s first season in charge at Old Trafford.
However, it looks as if Ten Hag and United will unfortunately have to move on from their pursuit of Rudiger, but you’d expect that a centre-back will still be high on the new manager’s summer wish list.
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