Barcelona target’s agents contact Real Madrid

Sahr Senesie, Barcelona target Antonio Rudiger’s agent, has contacted Real Madrid (via Marca) over a possible transfer this summer. Los Blancos take the agent’s appeal into consideration but won’t pursue the deal if the German doesn’t lower his wage demands.

Chelsea centre-back Rudiger is out of contract at the end of the season. The Blues reportedly (via Absolute Chelsea) reached a verbal agreement with the player over an extension before club owner Roman Abramovich was sanctioned. Since the sanction, renewal talks have stalled meaning the player is set to leave for free this summer.

Barcelona, ​​who have agreed terms with Rudiger’s teammate Andreas Christensen (via reputable reporter fabrice romano), recently sat down with Senesie (via Sky Sports) to discuss Rudiger’s transfer. No deal has supposedly been reached as the player’s agent has now made contact with Real Madrid over a possible transfer.

Rudiger was on Madrid’s radar in January but the player’s salary and other demands, totaling €55m, put the Spanish club off. Los Blancos still don’t want to splurge too much on the player which means Rudiger needs to lower his demands to become a feasible option. Arch-rivals Barcelona are also set to offer Eder Militao a long-term deal (via Goal), which would include a big pay rise. Giving the Brazilian what he asks for is currently at the top of Los Blancos’ priority list which makes signing Rudiger an afterthought.

The 29-year-old, who scored for Chelsea at the Santiago Bernabeu in the Champions League quarter-final second leg, wants to finalize his next club start in May. Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain are also watching the player closely.

Real Madrid and Barcelona would benefit from a player like Antonio Rudiger

Xavi’s Barcelona have shown promising signs since the start of their reign. However, their backline remains just as susceptible to defensive lapses. Christensen is likely to add strength to their backline, but he’s hardly as imposing as Rudiger. If the Blaugrana manage to add the Chelsea pair at the heart of the defence, they would be considerably better equipped to deal with blazing attacks.

Barcelona or Real Madrid? If Antonio Rudiger leaves Chelsea this summer, we expect him to go to La Liga…🇪🇸 #FCB #RMCF

Real Madrid currently have Nacho, Jesus Vallejo, David Alaba and Militao as centre-back options. Vallejo has yet to earn Carlo Ancelotti’s trust and Nacho has looked responsive in high pressure situations, leaving Alaba and Militao as the only reliable options. Rudiger could not only ease the pressure on the pair but also help cover the left back area. The German could play alongside Militao in the middle, freeing up Alaba to play at left-back in Ferland Mendy’s absence.

To top it off, the 29-year-old also has a knack for scoring goals – a trait highly valued by both clubs. Both La Liga giants would benefit greatly from the centre-back’s skill set but it remains to be seen whether they would be willing to break the bank for him.

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