Chelsea fans have finally received some good news, as the club have today announced the signing of Antonio Rudiger. Following a successful medical, the German international put pen to paper to sign a five-year contract, completing his long-awaited £34 million move to Stamford Bridge from Serie A side Roma.
The Blues moved quickly to tie up the deal after missing out on Everton striker Romelu Lukaku and the centre-back will now join the Chelsea ranks ahead of their pre-season schedule kicking off in the coming weeks. It’s believed to have resolved one of Antonio Conte’s biggest concerns of a lack of depth in defence.
However, in more concerning news, the Daily Mail claim that an agreement for the transfer of Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko could collapse at the last minute. The Blues are holding up the deal with Manchester United the only club willing to fork out £40 million for Nemanja Matic, with the Serbian entering into the last year of his contract and currently refusing to sign a new deal.
Until Matic’s future is resolved it seems that Chelsea are reluctant to press ahead with a £35 million purchase of the Frenchman. Monaco are now growing impatient over the delays and are under no obligation to sell one of their brightest talents.
Another player who could see his future depend on Chelsea and Manchester United is James Rodriguez. The Real Madrid ace is available this summer, according to the Express, and club president Florentino Perez would prefer to sell him to the Blues than their title rivals, after friction between the two clubs over the failed signing of David de Gea in 2014.
Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain are both keen but the Colombian is thought to prefer a move to Manchester in order to team up with Jose Mourinho in what would be a costly £70 million move.