The Blues are yet to convince Antonio Rudiger to renew his contract. Rudiger's 5-year contract at Chelsea ends next summer, and the chances of him staying back at Stamford Bridge in January are quite slim because the weekly salary he is demanding to be paid is a bit huge.
Rudiger joined the Blues in 2017 from Roma. He has been a key player for Chelsea since Thomas Tuchel took over from Lampard at the Premier League club in January last year. The German defender has been a revelation in Tuchel’s five-man defence, playing a key role in last term’s Champions League triumph. Talks have reportedly stalled between the defender and Chelsea over a new contract with his deal set to expire in 2022.
Chelsea might be left with the option of buying a new experienced defender next summer, and a better player who is capable of occupying that role at Chelsea if Rudiger eventually leaves is the Bayern Munich defender Niklas Sule. Sule is out of contract in Bavaria next summer and so far hasn’t signed a new deal with the club, despite their efforts to reach an agreement.
Chelsea have long been credited with an interest in the German centre-back, who coach Thomas Tuchel is thought to be a big fan of. In Tuchel's demands of domination, Sule would fit the bill with his pass success rate of 90.7% the third best in the Bundesliga this season. Niklas is a fast player who is calm on the ball and helps shape the game from the back, He times his tackle well, averaging 1.9 tackles per 90 in the Bundesliga this season and is dribbled past just 0.4 times per 90, returning a solid tackle success rate of 81.6%. Even if an opponent does get the better of him, Sule has the recovery pace to ensure it doesn't result in a shot on his side's goal. Sule is also an intelligent reader of the game as he averages 1.3 interceptions per 90 and his positional awareness is another key reason for Chelsea's interest in the 25-year-old. he could prove to be an effective weapon than Rudiger if Chelsea possibly signs him next summer.
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