Manchester United and Chelsea have reportedly expressed their interest in Roma defender Antonio Rudiger.
Antonio joined Roma last summer for a cool €9 million, although reports claimed that the club’s main intent was to cash in on the player later on as interest from Chelsea could have seen the club sanction a €25 million sale.
The 23-year-old was expected to make a big-money move to the Premier League this summer. However, he sustained an ACL injury whilst on International duty, which not only ruled him out of the Euro 2016, but also crashed all hopes of a summer switch.
Rudiger, who just recently returned from injury, seems the perfect defensive candidate for any squad. He can play as a centre-back and a right-back.
He spoke about his fitness last weekend, stating he is patient but also eager to get back into the first team.
“I still need a bit of time,” he said. “These four months were very hard for me and I’ll need more patience if I want to get back to my best. I hope it happens quickly.”
French news outlet L’Equipe have reported that Paris Saint-Germain are keen on the defender.
And now that Manchester United are also on the lookout for a defender, Rudiger’s price may increase due to the number of interested parties.
Jose Mourinho was already looking to beef up his defence this winter, and with summer signing Eric Bailly sidelined for the rest of the year, the Portuguese will have to think fast if he is to land quality players for Manchester United.
Mourinho was reportedly preparing a mass January offload, which reportedly includes players like Matteo Darmian, Bastian Schweinsteiger, and Memphis Depay, meaning that he will be able to raise the necessary funds to secure Rudiger.