Paris Saint-Germain have reportedly submitted a contract proposal to the representatives of Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger.
Rudiger was previously frozen out of the Chelsea first-team squad by Frank Lampard. It didn’t appear as though the German had any future at Stamford Bridge, until Thomas Tuchel took the reins.
Tuchel started Rudiger in the left centre-back position in his first game in charge. That enabled him to be one of the best-performing defenders in Europe over the course of 2021.
While Chelsea will be understandably desperate to keep hold of Rudiger, who has emerged as a key figure in the dressing room, his contract is now due to expire in June.
There has not yet been a definitive decision from Rudiger’s camp, with the option of staying at Chelsea certainly not off the table, but the European champions face stiff competition.
According to Foot Mercato, PSG, who took advantage of the free agent market last summer, have made a proposal to Rudiger. He is free to negotiate pre-contract agreements with foreign parties from this month.
The report claims that PSG have offered a net salary of €7m. That’s just shy of £115k-a-week, after tax. It remains to be seen if Chelsea would be willing to match that in their efforts to convince him to extend.