Chelsea’s delay over agreeing a new contract for Antonio Rudiger could end up costing them an extra £40,000-per-week when negotiations resume.
The German centre-back earns around £140,000 per week at Stamford Bridge and in March, when talks were ongoing over an extension to his deal, he was looking for a £20,000 weekly pay rise.
Talks were then pushed back by the club but Thomas Tuchel has been assuring the Chelsea board that Rudiger is an important part of his framework going forward and is keen for them to tie him down to new terms.
It is now understood the player and his representatives realise they are now in a strong position of negotiation and could push for a figure closer to £200,000 per week.
After winning the Champions League in May, Rudiger made it clear he wanted a little time to think about how he would move forward in his career, with his current contract set to expire in 2022.
The player does want to stay and is excited by the club’s prospects under Tuchel – but wants to be appreciated and feels that has not always been the case during his time in London.
Chelsea are considering another defender in this window, too, and are being kept in touch with Rafael Varane’s situation at Real Madrid.
He has still not signed new terms but, like Manchester United, Chelsea are not completely convinced he would actually leave for a Premier League club. United are continuing their discussions just in case a deal can be agreed, but are more likely to sign Pau Torres.
Chelsea, similarly, have other names on their list – though they are not all thought to be quite in the same tier as French international Varane. The Blues are exploring other talent to give them versatility across the back line.