The Chelsea fans here in the Football Transfer Tavern are desperately awaiting news of their first big money summer signing, while top six rivals plough on with their business ahead of the new season.
Both Manchester clubs, Everton and Liverpool have been splashing the cash already this summer, leaving those at Stamford Bridge anxiously waiting for their first big money deal, after goalkeeper Willy Caballero joined on a free.
According to reports from The Mirror, though, there is good news for our resident Blues this afternoon as Roma defender Antonio Rudiger is in the capital ahead of his move to west London.
The 24-year-old, who is fresh from winning the Confederations Cup with German will undergo a medical with the Premier League champions before finalising the deal.
Despite interest from Pep Guardiola and Manchester City the defender is set to add some mettle to Antonio Conte’s back line, setting the Blues back £31m, a fee which could rise to £36m with add-ons over time.
Our landlord reckons an announcement over Rudiger’s deal could open the floodgates, with Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko looking increasingly likely to be a Chelsea player before the new season.
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