Chelsea are allegedly planning to sell central defender Antonio Rudiger against the wishes of head coach Thomas Tuchel.
The Germany star has established himself as an important member of Tuchel’s backline over the past one-and-a-half year, but Antonio is now in the final year of his deal with the Champions League holders.
He has previously talked up the prospect of penning a new deal at Stamford Bridge, but a fresh report claimed that the west Londoners are struggling to convince the player to put pen to paper.
Now, La Colina de Nervion states that Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia is ready to part ways with Rudiger in near future should no contract resolution be reached, with Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain all keeping a close eye on developments.
The report adds that Antonio’s sale could lead Chelsea to rekindle their interest in Sevilla’s Jules Kounde, with boss Julen Lopetegui confirming that a suitable proposal for the Frenchman did not arrive in the summer.
The former Roma and Stuttgart ace has played every minute of his team’s 2021-22 Premier League campaign thus far and boasts seven goals from 155 appearances for Chelsea in all competitions.