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Chelsea Close To Clinching A Deal For This Serie A Defensive Beast: Whom Will He Replace?

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Abhishek Majumdar
Editor in Chief of The 4th Official. A man in his thirties who worries about the nuances of the financial aspects of football and how it will impact the game in the long term.

Chelsea, the current Premier League champions, are looking forward to building on their success in the next term as well and are on their way to bring in some major changes in their team. Their manager Antonio Conte has been looking to strengthen his side and has already lined up some big names to be brought into the club for the next season.

The West London club have already put their tabs on the French midfield enforcer Tiemoue Bakayoko from French Ligue 1 champions AS Monaco and Brazilian ace Alex Sandro from Italian giants Juventus. Both the players have completed their medicals are almost set to make their way to Stamford Bridge next week as per sources.

Chelsea, however, are not looking to stop at this and might be on their way to another signing in the form of Antonio Rudiger. The German defender, who currently plays for AS Roma, has been pursued by the West London outfit for some time and might be on his way to join them in the summer. The centre-back is currently on international duty with Germany in the Confederations Cup, which they have won by beating Chile in the final and is on his way back to club football, with a new one waiting in the wings.

Reportedly, the Italian club have accepted an offer of £29 million from the Premier League champions in order to let go of their prized possession. The amount offered is an initial bid and it might come down to the Blues paying £4.3 million more as add-ons to the Italian outfit for securing the services of Rudiger.

The 24-year-old German defender has been one of the finest prospects in current football scenario and has been eyed by the Italian mastermind Conte for some time now. He has been brought in as a potential replacement for the ex-captain and talismanic defender of the Blues, John Terry, who announced his retirement from Chelsea in the last season and left the West London club to find a player suitable to replace him in the heart of the defence for the next season and for the foreseeable future.

Chelsea had initially eyed the Southampton defender Virgil Van Dijk to be brought into Chelsea for the next season in order to strengthen their defence. However, with the South Coast club making it clear that they will not let go of their prized possession in the next season, it has become necessary for the Blues to find a good centre back, which they might have found in Rudiger.

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