Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger has emerged as a surprise target for London rivals Tottenham Hotspur, as Jose Mourinho looks to bolster his defensive ranks.
According to Sky Sports, the charismatic boss has turned his attention towards Rudiger, although he is likely to face competition for his signature.
The 27-year-old was on the bench for Chelsea for the first game of the season at Brighton but hasn’t made a squad since, with Lampard opting to leave him out.
During 2019/20 he was a regular when fit, making 28 appearances for the Blues as they finished in the top four and reached the FA Cup Final.
Rudiger signed for Chelsea in 2017, costing the club £29 million from Roma. Since checking in three years ago he has made 115 appearances for the club in total.
The no-nonsense defender won the World Cup with Germany in 2014 and has played in 31 international fixtures for his country.
Rudiger is believed to be considering his future at the Blues after falling down the pecking order and Tottenham could be an option for him.
Mourinho has overseen one win, one draw and a defeat during his side’s opening three games. Perhaps crucially though, he hasn’t seen his side keep a clean sheet yet this season.
Rudiger would add some proven Premier League quality alongside Toby Alderweireld and it’ll be interesting to see if Spurs can do a deal.
TBR View – Rudiger could prove shrewd for Mourinho
The German international has been there, done it and got the t-shirt when it comes to international football.
His World Cup-winning medal sits proudly on the mantlepiece and at club level, he has played in England, Italy and Germany.
That level of experience should make him an ideal signing for Mourinho who would surely welcome a wiser head into a relatively young squad.
Rudiger earns £100,000-a-week at Chelsea and his wages wouldn’t be too much of a problem for Tottenham either.
If Spurs can get this one over the line, he could prove a shrewd summer addition by the club.