DEAL CLOSE! Chelsea set to land Germany star for initial £29million fee

first_img1 Chelsea are understood to be closing in on the signing of Roma defender Antonio Rudiger.With captain John Terry having left the club and Nathan Ake sold to Bournemouth, the Premier League champions are in need of a new centre-back.Virgil van Dijk has been heavily linked with the Blues but Southampton are determined to keep the Dutchman and have insisted they will not entertain any offers.Chelsea have now made a move for Rudiger and, according to reports in Italy, they have agreed a fee with Roma to sign the 24-year-old.Roma are understood to have accepted an offer from the Premier League side which is worth an initial €33m [£29m] plus €5m (£4.3m) in potential add-ons.Rudiger, who is currently playing for Germany at the Confederations Cup in Russia, is expected fly to London next week to complete a medical and finalise personal terms.Chelsea boss Antonio Conte also wants to secure deals for Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko and Juventus left-back Alex Sandro.On Saturday morning it was announced they had completed the signing of Exeter City’s record-breaking teenage defender Ethan Ampadu.There could also be a number of outgoings at Stamford Bridge, with Nemanja Matic wanted by Manchester United and Diego Costa told he can leave. Antonio Rudiger has won 16 caps for Germany last_img read more