Antonio Rudiger could become a Chelsea player next week as the Blues lead the race for the German defender.
Rudiger is being chased by a number of top European clubs, including Chelsea’s Premiership rivals Arsenal, but the Champions are the only ones with enough money to persuade VfB Stuttgart to sell.
There were suggestions in the past few days that Chelsea might have Roma as a rival after the Serie A club sold Alessio Romagnoli to AC Milan. Roma did indeed make an offer, significantly less than the price Chelsea are willing to pay, and were turned away.
Rudiger has been a Stuttgart player since 2011 having signed from Borussia Dortmund where he won one league title. He has been capped by the German national team six times.