Antonio Rudiger has been one of Chelsea’s best players since Thomas Tuchel took over last season, helped the Londoners win last season’s Champions League and launch a title challenge this season.
The 28-year-old is out of contract at the end of current season, and it is looking increasingly likely he will not still be representing Chelsea beyond the current campaign.
The German will be free to sign a pre-contract agreement with another club in the new year, and Real Madrid have reportedly been in contact.
However, with Rudiger’s compatriot Ralf Rangnick now the manager of the red half of Manchester, there remains a chance of the defender not just staying in England but moving to one of Chelsea’s’ consistent top-four rivals.
Now, according to Sky Deutschland as relayed by Sport Witness, Manchester United have entered the transfer poker for the defender’s signature.
Rudiger’s wage demands are said to be holding things up with Chelsea — the player is said to be demanding huge wages. He turned down a £140,000 per week offer from the club, wanting closer to £200k.
United have conceded 24 premier league goals this season and with Raphael Varane struggling with injuries since his summer move to Manchester reinforcements could still be needed.