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Manchester United are one of a host of European heavyweights plotting to make a move for Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger in the summer.
Rudiger has evolved into one of Chelsea's best players under Thomas Tuchel and the Blues are desperate to hang on to their star man. But the German defender has less than six months remaining on his deal and his future remains unclear.
The Londoners are currently unable to partake in contract negotiations as a result of the sanctions placed on the club under current owner Roman Abramovich. As a result, Rudiger is seemingly destined to walk away from Stamford Bridge in the summer for nothing.
With Chelsea currently in limbo as a number of interested parties mull over purchasing the club, a whole clutch of top European clubs are preparing to make their move for Rudiger. And that apparently includes the Blues' Premier League rivals Manchester United.
According to a new report from BILD, United are one of five clubs interested in the 29-year-old. Juventus, PSG and Real Madrid are all planning to prise Rudiger away from Stamford Bridge. The report also confirms that Bayern Munich – who have also been linked with Rudiger in the past – are yet to make contact the defender over a move to the Bundesliga.
The report outlines how Chelsea and Rudiger had finally thrashed an agreement, minus a signing on fee, after months of going back and forth due to the defender's mammoth wage demands. But that deal is now dead in the water with the current restrictions placed on the Londoners.
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And United aren't planning to stop with a move for Rudiger when it comes to exploiting the current turmoil at Stamford Bridge. The Daily Star exclusively revealed that the Old Trafford hierarchy have made Blues boss Tuchel their top managerial target ahead of the summer.
The diligent German whipped Chelsea's flops into shape in just six months, transforming them from mid-table mediocrity into European champions. However, with Chelsea unable to make any signings or authorise any contracts, United believe there is a chance they can pinch their rivals highly-rated coach.
Mauricio Pochettino and Erik ten Hag have been at the top of United's managerial wishlist for the majority of the drawn-out process to source a permanent successor to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. But both were dumped out of Europe prematurely this week – just like United. And that, coupled with the chaos that has engulfed Stamford Bridge over the past couple of weeks, has seemingly been enough to convince United to look elsewhere.
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