Man Utd and Tottenham have Antonio Rudiger chance as Real Madrid finalise transfer plan

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Manchester United and Tottenham have been handed a boost in their pursuit of Chelsea ace Antonio Rudiger following reports that Real Madrid have shelved a move for the Blues defender.

The trio have all been credited with an interest in the 28-year-old, who now has just six months left on his current deal at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea’s attempts to tie Rudiger down to fresh terms have so far proved unsuccessful; leaving some to speculate that the German has already decided to leave the club when his contract is up in the summer.

Reports in recent weeks had indicated that Real were in the driving seat to wrap up a deal for Rudiger, but a new report from Marca has revealed that the Spanish giants have now ‘parked’ their attempts to sign the centre half.

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Although Real were attracted by the prospect of being able to snap Rudiger up for free, it’s emerged that discussions between the La Liga outfit and Rudiger’s representatives have stalled.

The report outlines that Rudiger’s salary demands, a figure believed to be in excess of £200,000-a-week ‘clean’, has led to Real cooling their interest. The fact that Real are also incredibly happy with the defensive partnership of David Alaba and Eder Militao right now has seemingly killed off any hopes of a deal being struck.

Although Real have pulled out of the race for his signature, it remains to be seen if these latest developments will lead to the ex-Roma ace agreeing to extend his stay in London.

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Thomas Tuchel has already gone public with his desire to keep Rudiger at the club, but United and Spurs’ interest is likely to complicate Chelsea’s hopes of doing.

Both clubs are in the midst of a rebuilding job after disappointing seasons and are likely to have the funds to boost their beleaguered squads.

Former Blues boss Antonio Conte has been promised financial backing to try and reinvigorate a Tottenham side that has fallen away from the Premier League’s elite over the past few years, whilst Ralf Rangnick is likely to have a big say in any new recruits for United even if he isn’t in the dugout next season.

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Rangnick, who is an admirer of Rudiger’s, has already penned a two-year consultancy role that is due to kick in at the end of the season.

Although the defender’s lavish salary demands may have scared off Real Madrid, that’s unlikely to be the case for either of his Premier League suitors.

And the fact that Rudiger isn’t set to command a fee in the summer could give both United and Tottenham the necessary wriggle room to put together a financial package that’s attractive enough to keep Rudiger in the Premier League.

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