The Chelsea centre-back is out of contract in the summer and a teasing post from the player’s advisor suggests a shock move to Manchester United could be in the offing.
Antonio Rudiger’s advisor has fuelled speculation that the Chelsea defender could be on his way to Manchester United with a teasing Instagram post.
The German centre-back is out of contract in the summer and is yet to reach an agreement over a new deal to keep him at Stamford Bridge beyond this season. With the current campaign heading towards its conclusion, there’s growing speculation that the 29-year-old will depart for free on the expiry of his contract.
Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona have both been heavily linked with acquiring the defender this summer, however it appears he could remain in the Premier League, but with one of Chelsea’s rivals. That’s if the latest post from the player’s advisor Saif Rubie is anything to go by.
On Friday, Rubie shared a picture to his Instagram story showing him admiring a framed photograph of legendary United manager Sir Alex Ferguson. The suspicious snap was accompanied by the caption, “Let’s see if I can help revive this sleeping giant #gloryglory.”
The post has sparked much speculation that Rudiger could become one of the first signings of the Erik ten Hag era at United, one day on from the club confirming the current Ajax boss as their new manager come the end of the season. The news will only add to Chelsea’s woes as the club continue to sweat over the club’s sanction setback.
The Blues remain restricted due to the UK Government’s decision to punished the club’s Russian owner Roman Abramovich amid his alleged ties to his nation’s president Vladimir Putin. Chelsea failed to agree a new deal with Rudiger prior to the sanctions being imposed, and now the club’s hands appear tied.Until a buyer is agreed and the restrictions are lifted, Chelsea remain unable to discuss fresh terms with the defender and they continue to run the risk of losing him for nothing at the end of the season. The Blues reportedly made Rudiger an offer last summer, however the terms tabled were deemed an ‘insult’ with the proposed wages said to be less that the likes of squad-player Ruben Loftus-Cheek.