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German sources: Rudiger will go to Real Madrid

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Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger is set to depart Stamford Bridge at the end of the season and German news outlet, BILD, has claimed that his next destination is set to be the white half of Madrid.

The 29-year-old defender has a valid contract with the Blues until the end of the season and while the team did try to tie him on a longer tenure, the attraction of playing for one of Europe’s biggest teams has forced him to reject any approach Chelsea made in the past.

Rudiger was offered a lucrative deal worth almost €240,000-per week and if accepted, it would have made him the highest-paid defender in the club’s history. However, the signing-on, as well as agent’s fees, proved to be the issue.

While it was already known that Rudiger would leave Chelsea, the scepticism was around the club he would pick since he had offers from Juventus as well as Paris Saint-Germain.

Barcelona were thought to be in the race too, but with Andreas Christensen already on the books and Ronald Araujo close to agreeing a new deal, they decided to back out.

Furthermore, he also had an offer from Manchester United waiting only to be accepted, but he preferred to move out of the Premier League altogether out of respect for the Blues, with whom he spent five seasons.

If it was for the wages, he would have easily put pen to paper since the Red Devils were ready to offer a contract worth €10 million per year.

During his time with Chelsea, the UEFA Champions League winner made 196 appearances across all competitions, making him a firm crowd favourite.

Rudiger’s arrival at Santiago Bernabeu represents a massive coup for Real Madrid ahead of the new 2022-23 football season. Even from an economical standpoint, he is nothing but a great addition that could well and truly ease up the pressure.

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Real Madrid forward set for talks with Arsenal this week – report

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With less than six months left on his contract, Marco Asensio looks to be on his way out of Real Madrid very soon. The Spaniard has not yet started talks to extend his contract with the Spanish giants, which has garnered the eyes from several top clubs across Europe.

One of the clubs interested in his signature happens to be Premier League leaders Arsenal. Mikel Arteta is said to be a fan of the player, and will try to be bring him to North London on a free transfer this summer.

According to Mirror, Asensio’s agents will fly to London this week to get an a better understanding Arsenal’s interest in the player. Talks are scheduled with Arsenal, among possibly other clubs.

Asensio’s priority remains to extend with Arsenal, but not at ‘any cost’. The winger is looking for raise with his new contract to go along with a four-year deal. The report states that he currently earns around €130,000 per week at Madrid.

The 27-year-old has been waiting for an official offer from Los Blancos for a while, but the club will wait for March or April before taking a decision on his extension.

Asensio took a while to grow important for Carlo Ancelotti this season, but has been featuring regularly on the right-wing lately. He even scored in 2-0 win against Valencia in midweek, taking his tally to two for the season, excluding three assists as well.

Arsenal are definitely looking to add more firepower to their squad for next season, having already brought in Leandro Trossard in the winter. Asensio could serve as the perfect backup to Bukayo Saka, who has been in incredible form all season.

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