Chelsea are set to announce the signing of Roma defender Antonio Rudiger today, according to reports.
The 24-year-old German central defender as a result become the club’s second acquisition this summer, following goalkeeper Willy Caballero from Manchester City on a free transfer, as manager Antonio Conte looks to strengthen his squad ahead of fighting on four fronts next season.
Rudiger, who played an instrumental role in Germany winning the Confederations Cup recently, as the Mirror reports, arrived in London on Tuesday to undergo a medical ahead of his move.
That formality taken care of, he will then pen a five-year deal with Roma receiving £36m, which includes add-ons, for a player they only signed for a reported £7.65m from VfB Stuttgart last summer after initially joining them on a season-long loan.
Chelsea had been linked with Leonardo Bonucci, of Conte’s former club Juventus, and Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk.
Conte who switched to a back-three last season, and is expected to persist with the formation, will have another central defender he can call upon.
Gary Cahill and David Luiz were ever-present in Chelsea’s defensive trio with full-back César Azpilicueta the other member though he could be utlised in a more familiar wing-back role at possible expense of Victor Moses.
Across last season Rudiger’s numbers pale into comparison when compared to a current player on Chelsea’s book who is awaiting his breakthrough and might have felt it coming when John Terry stepped down.
Andreas Christensen, the man in question, bettered Rudiger and Conte’s other centre-back options when it came to interceptions, aerial duels and successful passes per 90 minutes.
Kurt Zouma, another seemingly forgotten man, came out on top among the quintet in terms of tackles won per 90 whilst a reinvigorated David Luiz made the fewest defensive errors which capped off a brilliant season for the Brazilian international.