Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly interested in singing Antonio Rudiger.
That’s the claim made by Sky Sports, who say the north Londoners have identifed the Germany international as a potential alternative to Milan Skriniar.
It is thought the 27-year-old would consider leaving Stamford Bridge on loan following the arrival of Thiago Silva.
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has omitted Rudiger from his last three matchday squads, and the player didn’t get off the bench for the team’s opening Premier League game against Brighton.
It looks very much as though his immediate future lies elsewhere, and it remains to be seen if Spurs come in with a loan bid.
But one has to wonder if Spurs are interested in the wrong Chelsea player.
Supposedly, Chelsea are willing to listen to offers for Kurt Zouma (Le10 Sport), who was left out against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.
Jose Mourinho has managed Zouma before, signing him for Chelsea back in 2014. Shortly after that, the Portuguese branded the central defender ‘the new Desailly’ (West London Sport), and it’s clear he is a fan.
TBR’s View – Zouma less error-prone that Rudiger
While £100,000-a-week star Rudiger (Spotrac) can be a good defender on his day, the player has shown a worrying tendency to make errors leading to goals and gets caught out positionally quite often.
And according to official Premier League statistics, Zouma has a higher tackle success percentage with 69% to Rudiger’s 59%.
Zouma has picked up 10 yellow cards and one red in 143 appearances, while the more rash Rudiger has 14 bookings in just 80 outings.
Rudiger has made 73 fouls in those 80 appearances, while Zouma has made 87 in his 143 games.
He probably wouldn’t come cheap, but Zouma could be a safer option than Rudiger for Mourinho and should be worth considering if the Skriniar deal doesn’t happen.