Antonio Rudiger is expected to sign for Real Madrid in the summer after Thomas Tuchel confirmed that the German will not be signing a new contract.
The paperwork is yet to be signed, but speculation is rife that Rudiger has agreed personal terms with the Spanish giants and it’s just a matter of time before the formalities are finalised.
The deal is rumoured to be in excess of the £200,000 per week that Chelsea offered the centre-back before financial sanctions were imposed on the club earlier this season.
And whilst Rudiger didn’t sign on the dotted line for the Blues, it wasn’t the weekly salary which proved to be the sticking point, rather the hefty signing on fee and agent demands that reportedly came with it.
Simon Jordan’s take on the transfer
Discussing the transfer on talkSPORT earlier today, Simon Jordan was typically brash in his criticism of the player for what he deemed to be excessive financial motivations.
“Have a look at some these conditions. I mean have you seen the conditions these people want?” he said on the White and Jordan show.
“200 grand a week, which by the way is outrageous amounts of money. He wants a £10 million pound sign on…
“Are you reading this? His ghastly wretched agent wants £10 million quid.
“I mean this is madness! Greed… it’s absolute greed. He’s going to Real Madrid because he’s greedy!
“End of discussion. Good riddance!”
It’s not the first time Jordan has weighed in on financial arguments in football and given his previous experience as chairman at Crystal Palace he is certainly more qualified than most.
More to the point, he has almost certainly hit the nail on the head here.
😡 “Absolute greed! Good riddance!”
💰 “Antonio Rudiger so going to Real Madrid because he is greedy!”
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) April 25, 2022
What has Tuchel said?
Rudiger jumping ship is bound to negatively impact Chelsea and nobody knows that better than Tuchel himself.
Nevertheless, speaking after his sides victory against West Ham, the manager insisted that Chelsea will “find solutions.”
“Even then it will be incredibly difficult because Toni is a big personality, a big leader and he takes fear away from other people,” said Tuchel.
“We will miss him a lot. It will be challenging but, no matter how much I love Toni and how big a role he has played, there will be life at Chelsea without Toni Rudiger.
“We will find solutions.”
Chelsea’s existing transfer embargo combined with Roman Abramovich experiencing difficulties over selling the club could make coming up with that ‘solution’ rather difficult, though.
And taking into account the departure of Andreas Christensen, Tuchel will surely be desperate to get into the transfer market to patch up the holes left across his thinning backline.