Speaking to Football Insider, ex-Tottenham striker Darren Bent tipped the club to still secure a late move for Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger despite their strides in signing Swansea star Joe Rodon – coming after a report from earlier today which claimed negotiations were edging closer to conclusion.
Rudiger, who has been left out of Chelsea’s last five match day squads, appeared on the verge of a move across London to Spurs – with another update from Football Insider stating that talks were progressing nicely.
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Contrary to other developments, which reveal Daniel Levy is eyeing a swoop for Swansea centre-back Joe Rodon, who will cost £18 million, Bent tipped Spurs to swoop for Rudiger before talks heated up as a defender who the club ‘need’. However, the deal now looks unlikely to happen.
It’s been quite the stellar transfer window for Tottenham, having put pen to paper on deals for Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Joe Hart, Matt Doherty, Sergio Reguilon, Carlos Vinicius and the sensational return of club icon Gareth Bale on loan.
Now, as the search for a new defender and seventh summer signing heats up, both Rudiger and Rodon have been heavily linked with a late move throughout the evening – but Bent has suggested that a swoop for the former colossus would have put the icing on Tottenham’s transfer cake.
“You always need one of the centre-backs to be the main man, playing every single game, I think Tottenham need that rather than having to chop and change every week to find the right balance,” explained Bent.
“I like Rudiger, I know at the back end of last season he made one or two mistakes but even now, I believe he’s Chelsea’s best centre-back and it’s not really a good look.
“The Chelsea fans are going to start looking at Frank and maybe going: ‘Hold on, we let Willian go, he’s been brilliant for Arsenal and you let him just walk out the door. Rudiger now, who many Chelsea fans believe is their best defender, just goes and joins your rivals as well in Spurs?’
“I’ve always been a bit funny about letting one of your own players go and make someone stronger and I think if Rudiger was to go to Tottenham he would make their backline stronger so it’s a bit of a weird one.
“If Spurs can go and get him then by all means go and get him because he’d definitely improve their backline. For Mourinho, all he can do is try to get the best players available and if he can go get Rudiger, who’s available, then by all means go and do it.”
Amassing 31 caps for Germany over an impressive career, life on the fringes of Frank Lampard’s team prompted him to seek a move away in order to work his way back into international contention, despite earning £100k-a-week for the Blues, per Spotrac.
Euro 2021 is just around the corner, and Spurs emerged as candidates to give the ‘fantastic‘ defender crucial minutes for the cut, and perhaps Bent could have been correct that a deal would have hugely benefited both parties before the 11pm deadline.
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