Juventus forced to withdraw from Antonio Rudiger hunt

Juventus will no longer pursue a deal for Antonio Rudiger, with the Chelsea defender claimed to have requested a 20 million euro sign on fee

The 29-year-old is out of contract this summer, with his present club facing penalties and unable to sign new contracts.

While new ownership is in the works, it is unclear who will be in control come the summer, nor how long it will take for the club to complete the takeover, which casts a large shadow over the futures of a lot of players, not just those with expiring contracts.

Rudiger has been connected with a number of teams, and he must rate himself highly if he is as demanding as stated, but that expectation may well be pricing him out of a transfer, with both Bayern Munich and Juventus reportedly backing out of discussions as a result.

Juventus argues that none of them will pursue the transaction since the not-so-young German’s asking falls short of their expectations.

Regardless, Juventus are not convinced on Rudiger in a back four, as they believe he benefited much from being utilised in a back five at Chelsea after previously failing to impress in a flat backline.

Would a club actually spend a 20 million euro signing-on fee to recruit the centre-back on the cheap?


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