Chelsea news: Antonio Rudiger’s contract update as Man Utd ‘enter transfer race’

Chelsea contract rebel Antonio Rudiger could be on the verge of having his contract demands met as Manchester United eye a centre-back the Blues have lined up to replace him

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Chelsea are ready to meet Antonio Rudiger’s contract demands to stem the number of defenders they are set to lose this summer, it has been claimed.

The Blues are currently facing the prospect of losing Rudiger along with captain Cesar Azpilicueta and fellow centre-back Andreas Christensen when the three Chelsea stars’ contracts expire at the end of the season.

And the latest reports have revealed an update in Rudiger’s contract standoff with the Stamford Bridge side.

It comes as Manchester United are ready to swoop in for a talked-about Barcelona star as a replacement for one of Chelsea’s defensive contract rebels.

And the Blues booked their place in the Club World Cup final with a 1-0 win over Al Hilal in Tuesday’s semi-final.

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Antonio Rudiger could be close to signing a new contract at Chelsea (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

Al Hilal talking points

Romelu Lukaku fired Chelsea in the Club World Cup final as his goal proved enough to secure a 1-0 victory for the Blues.

The Belgium international couldn’t miss Yasir Alshahrani’s unintentional deflection just yards from goal as he charged into an empty net.

Chelsea had no problems at the back despite the absence of Edouard Mendy and their opponents had a familiar face in their starting XI.

It was a game full of talking points, and Mirror Football has them all covered.

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Last Rudiger contract

Chelsea are reportedly ready to meet Antonio Rudiger’s contract demands as they fear losing too many defenders this summer.

Rudiger, Andreas Christensen and Cesar Azpilicueta could all leave Stamford Bridge for free when the current contracts expire on July 1.

The Blues have reportedly been locked in negotiations with Rudger’s representatives after the player turned down their offer worth £140,000 a week.

But an update has been released which claims the Germany international could be getting closer to signing a new deal.

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United ‘enter the transfer race’

Manchester United are ready to compete with Chelsea for the signing of Barcelona centre-back Ronald Araujo, according to reports.

While Chelsea could lose at least three centre-backs this summer, United are facing their own defensive crisis with reinforcements reportedly being considered at Old Trafford.

One of the players they would be watching is Barca star Araujo, whose contract in Spain expires at the end of next season with the player already linked with a move to Stamford Bridge.

And it is claimed that United have presented their offer to the Uruguayan.

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