Paris Saint-Germain have expressed an interest in signing Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger, but the French club are waiting to find out whether or not he will be made available on loan or for a permanent transfer.
Rudiger has been frozen out of head coach Frank Lampard’s plans and is expected to be missing from the Chelsea squad for the third successive game this weekend, when the Blues travel to West Bromwich Albion.
The German international is now expected to leave Stamford Bridge before the transfer window shuts, with PSG one of the clubs interested in taking him.
A season-long loan is the most attractive option to PSG, but Chelsea may want Rudiger to extend his contract before granting such a move.
Rudiger has less than two years remaining on his contract and it is general club policy to make sure that players going out on loan have at least two years on their Chelsea deals in order to protect their value.
Striker Michy Batshuayi signed a one-year extension to his contract before rejoining Crystal Palace on loan this summer, but it remains to be seen whether or not Rudiger would be prepared to follow suit.
Chelsea would be open to a permanent sale, but PSG’s interest has so far focussed on a loan deal and German reports have also credited Barcelona and Roma with an interest in Rudiger.
Rudiger played at Roma for two seasons before joining Chelsea for £29million and the 27-year-old had been a regular starter for the club, winning the FA Cup and Europa League, before slipping down the pecking order this season.
Lampard has effectively made Rudiger his fifth-choice central defender, behind new signing Thiago Silva, Kurt Zouma, Andreas Christensen and Fikayo Tomori, who is still wanted on loan by Everton.
Tomori’s future may well be impacted by what happens with Rudiger, as Lampard will want four central defenders to choose from this season. Another of Chelsea’s summer signings, Malang Sarr, is yet to leave on loan.