Speaking to Football Insider, pundit Kevin Phillips has tipped Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger to make a deadline day move to Tottenham Hotspur – going on to claim that he would be a ‘really smart signing’ for Jose Mourinho and the club.
Rudiger, who has been left out of Chelsea’s last five matchday squads, is reportedly on the fringes of Frank Lampard’s plans amid growing interest from Spurs and Italian giants AC Milan.
Indeed, as per a recent update, Daniel Levy may have to compete for the 31-cap international’s signature given Milan’s talks to sign Rudiger – but Phillips claims that a deal would do wonders for the Nort London club and cap off a stellar transfer window.
Having already landed Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Matt Doherty, Joe Hart, Sergio Reguilon and Carlos Vinicius – alongside the return of club legend Gareth Bale – Spurs are apparently still open to snapping up a new defender.
While Milan Skriniar has been at the top of Levy’s wish list, Rudiger has been touted as a fall-back option should negotiations somehow fall flat at this stage, and he also represents a potentially cheaper alternative.
Would Rudiger be a great Spurs seventh summer signing?
Absolutely, 100%, no brainer
No, better options out there
Chelsea are allegedly willing to let him leave on loan, a factor that may encourage Spurs to pursue a deal and challenge Milan’s ongoing talks.
Phillips, speaking exclusively to FI, certainly believes that signing Rudiger would be the icing on Tottenham’s transfer cake.
“He’s a top, top player and maybe a change of club would do him the world of good,” he explained.
“A change of scenery, a change of management and a change of style may bring out his best form. I think he is a fantastic player.
“If Mourinho can get him through the door before the deadline, with Bale and the other lads that have come in, I think it has been a good summer of business from Spurs.
“If they brought in Rudiger, all of a sudden, they are a different outfit. He would add great competition for places so I think that would be a really smart signing if they can get it over the line.”
Whether or not Spurs manage a late swoop with serious competition remains to be seen, but landing him as a seventh summer signing could grab even more headlines after a brilliant 6-1 win at Old Trafford on Sunday.
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