Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger out of contract at Stamford Bridge this summer; Chelsea currently unable to renew centre-back’s contract due to government sanctions on owner Roman Abramovich; Barcelona keen to sign Rudiger; Cesar Azpilicueta triggered contract extension until 2023
Antonio Rudiger’s agent met with Barcelona officials on Wednesday over a potential summer move to the Nou Camp.
The adviser and half-brother of Rudiger, Sahr Senesie, met with Barca sporting director Mateu Alemany and his deputy Jordi Cruyff for secret negotiations in a restaurant in Barcelona.
The meeting lasted for three hours in which they sat together drinking wine and water, discussing a potential move for Rudiger to Barca in the summer.
The Spanish giants are ready to go full throttle to sign the defender on a free transfer as he fits exactly into the requirement profile of the Catalans.
The 29-year-old’s current contract expires in the summer so he can talk to clubs outside of England with Rudiger’s representatives also remaining in dialogue with other top European clubs, including Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain.
Negotiations with Chelsea on a contract extension have stalled for over nine months, but staying at Chelsea has not been ruled out with much depending on the resolution of the ownership of the club.
Currently, Chelsea are unable to act due to sanctions against Russian owner Roman Abramovich.
We think that no one knows where he will play yet, but we’re betting that it will be some top-tier club.