Writing for 90min, journalist Graeme Bailey has made a Tottenham Hotspur transfer claim involving Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger.
The Lowdown: Paratici era underway…
It was quite the eventful first transfer window for Spurs managing director Fabio Paratici with a plethora of outgoings and incomings at N17.
Over the summer, the Italian chief managed to shift plenty of deadwood whilst also bringing in a handful of astute additions – with Pierluigi Gollini, Bryan Gil, Cristian Romero, Pape Matar Sarr and Emerson Royal arriving (Transfermarkt).
Now, news has emerged on another possible Paratici target so soon after deadline day.
The Latest: Journalist makes Rudiger claim…
As per Bailey, making a claim involving Rudiger, Spurs remain admirers of the Germany international after chairman Daniel Levy previously tried and failed to sign him.
This comes amid a dispute about his contract with Chelsea, which expires in 2022, with Spurs and other interested clubs able to negotiate for a free transfer next summer as soon as January.
Tottenham and Paratici do however face stiff competition, with Paris-Saint Germain, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Juventus and Atletico Madrid all keeping tabs as well.
The Verdict: Get it done…
Entering the prime of his career at 28-years-old, snapping up Rudiger on a free next summer arguably comes a relatively risk-free move by Paratici and co.
Pundit Rio Ferdinand has also lavished the centre-back with praise for his form at the back end of last season, with Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel praised for making Rudiger ‘unbelievable’ and an ‘animal’ (FIVE via The Metro).
The defender’s reported £100,000-per-week wages could be a slight object to navigate, but barring that, he would be a very astute purchase on a free.
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