Four Europe's Big Clubs Have Begun Pre-Contract Negotiations With Chelsea Defender Antonio Rudiger

According to sources, Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, and Juventus have all begun conversations with Antonio Rudiger's agents about a pre-contract deal this month.

Antonio, 28, is out of agreement at the end of the season and is now able to talk with international clubs about a possible summer transfer.

This season, the Germany international has performed a significant part for Chelsea, appearing in all but one of the club's Premier League games.

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Although, he has hesitated signing a new deal at Stamford Bridge despite claims that if he goes on a free transfer this summer, he might become the highest-paid defender in the world football.

According to Sky Sports News, 4 of Europe's best teams are competing for Rudiger's signing: Juventus, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and PSG.

Ralf Rangnick, the temporary boss of Manchester United, is also reported to be a fan of Rudiger.

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However, unlike some of the other 4 teams, United is not yet permitted by Premier League rules to discuss a pre-contract arrangement with the German.

Chelsea is still intent on keeping Rudiger at the club, while his camp has not ruled out staying at Stamford Bridge.

As per the source, the Blues' latest deal offer, issued at the beginning of the season, was quickly declined by Rudiger's camp since it would have offered him half the pay of Chelsea's highest earners.

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Chelsea head football coach Thomas Tuchel asked for "patience" in agreement discussions last month.

We definitely respect and are totally aware of Toni's value and the job that he plays on and off the field, Tuchel added.

There isn't any uncertainty about that. No one is greater than the club, and this is a collective effort and a powerful club.

It is not just about Toni, and I mean that in the greatest possible sense as we realize what he's up to and are totally aware of it.

"Finally, we need some patience."

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