Chelsea are looking to improve their squad with more quality players, but at the same time trying to manage the wage structure at the club. Chelsea are very careful with how much they spend, and would let go of players demanding more than what they can pay them.
Antonio Rüdiger is one of the best center-backs in Chelsea, and he is partly responsible for Chelsea's good defensive record. Under the managerial umbrella of Thomas Tuchel, Rudiger has been playing at the highest level and has been consistent with his performances.
The 28-year-old may leave Chelsea if his contract demands are not met, as he has less than one year on his contract. It was reported that Antonio Rüdiger is asking for an increase in his wage to about £200,000. But Chelsea are refusing his offer and are only willing to offer him £150,000.
Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid are monitoring Antonio Rüdiger's situation at Chelsea, and would waste no time in signing the German defender if an opportunity comes along. Antonio Rüdiger is in great form, and any club would be lucky to have him in their squad.
Here are 3 (three) defenders that could replace Antonio Rüdiger for Chelsea;
Matthijs De Ligt
De light is a young player who has a lot of potential, but his stay at Juventus has not been really positive for the Dutch defender. The 22-year-old has speed, strength and excellent defending skills, but he is prone to errors that could lead to the opposite team scoring a goal.
Antonio Rüdiger was an average player when Frank Lampard was Chelsea's manager, but became one of the best defenders in the Premier League under Thomas Tuchel. The same could be said for De ligt, as he is still young and can be molded into an elite defender if he joins Chelsea.
There are rumours of Bayern Munich and Chelsea undergoing a swap deal to get Antonio Rüdiger. The player that would be swapped is no other than Niklas Süle, who is younger than Rudiger and has a bigger build.
Süle stands at a height of 1.95m, and he uses that to his advantage to win aerial balls. He is a bit taller than Virgil Van Dijk, and he also has good defensive capabilities. The only thing Sule lacks is speed, but despite that he is a very good defender.
Skriniar is an Inter Milan defender, and he could replace Rüdiger if he decides to leave Chelsea. Skriniar is a little bit shorter than Rüdiger, but can still win headers and control the defence.
Skriniar is one of the best defenders in the Serie A division, and seems like the perfect replacement for Antonio Rüdiger. He only lacks speed just like Sule, but it is only noticeable when he is running against very fast wingers.
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