Chelsea’s offer to Antonio Rudiger as Real Madrid and three other enter race

Chelsea are looking increasingly likely to lose Antonio Rudiger on a free transfer at the end of the season, according to reports.

The Germany international has been a vital part of Thomas Tuchel’s squad ever since the coach took over from Frank Lampard earlier in the year. But, with his contract winding down, a move away from Stamford Bridge could be on the cards.

Chelsea didn’t initially play Rudiger last season, with Frank Lampard reluctant to give the veteran regular game time in his starting XI.

However, ever since Tuchel moved to west London as Lampard’s replacement in January, the Germany defender has experienced a huge upturn in form and fortunes.

Rudiger, upon being reinstated to the Chelsea first team, helped the west London giants reach the FA Cup final and win the Champions League last season.

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And he’s continued to shine this term, playing a key role as the Blues jostle the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City for the Premier League title.

Rudiger is yet to sign a new contract with Chelsea ahead of next season (Image: GETTY)

However, the Daily Mail now claim Chelsea are looking increasingly likely to lose Rudiger for nothing at the end of the current campaign.

It’s stated clubs such as Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus are ready to offer 28-year-old a salary of £400,000-a-week in order to lure him away from Stamford Bridge.

And that’s significantly less than Chelsea’s own proposal of £140,000-a-week.

Rudiger, should he choose to leave the Premier League for one of his European suitors, will become one of the best-paid players in world football.

Though Chelsea have the finances to match any potential offer, they’ve been keen to keep their wages in check in recent years to avoid any disharmony.

While Rudiger continues to be linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge, he’s said to still maintain a positive relationship with Tuchel.

Therefore, it’s feasible he’ll continue to play in the majority of matches between now and the end of the season.

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