Rio Ferdinand thinks Spurs must pay ‘tremendous’ reported target more than what Kane’s earning to sign him
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Rio Ferdinand thinks Spurs must pay 'tremendous' reported target more than what Kane's earning to sign him

Rio Ferdinand has speculated that reported Tottenham target Antonio Rudiger could want at least £250,000-a-week in wages.

Antonio Conte’s Spurs have been linked with the Chelsea star for a couple of months now, and speculation has increased in recent days.

Eurosport reported in October that Tottenham are amongst the Premier League clubs looking at Rudiger.

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And speaking on The Football Terrace, Dean Jones claimed Spurs have been in touch in hope of persuading him to join in summer.

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Rudiger is out of contract at the end of the season and Chelsea have apparently resigned themselves to losing the defender.

90Min reported in December that Chelsea have resigned themselves to losing Rudiger at the end of the season.

The 28-year-old has become a key part of his club’s line-up, helping his side win the Champions League last season.

Thomas Tuchel’s appointment saw Rudiger return to prominence after strong speculation linking him with a move the previous summer.

“He wants a huge salary”

Speaking on Rio Ferdinand Presents FIVE, Fabrizio Romano provided an insight into the Germany international’s future.

‘It’s about the salary,” said the Italian. “He wants a huge salary.

“I want to protect Rudiger and his agent in this case, because in October 2020 Chelsea wanted to get rid of him.

“They offered him to AC Milan and Tottenham… everywhere. And they were not able to find a solution.

“He was really one step away from leaving Chelsea in the long market we had that year.

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“Now he’s saying, ‘okay, I’m prepared to stay… I want to stay but give me an important contract, it’s the last one of my life.'”

Ferdinand subsequently asked Romano how much Rudiger was after.

“I can’t say precisely how much, to be honest,” replied Romano. “But I’m told there’s also an important signing fee.”

Ferdinand then speculated: “I reckon he’s asking for something like £10million-£15million signing fee and £250,000 to £275,000-a-week.”

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Rudiger is a world-class defender, who Ferdinand himself recently described as “tremendous”.

However, he might not be what Tottenham are looking for right now.

£250,000-a-week would make him the highest-paid player at Spurs, £50,000-a-week more than Harry Kane and Tanguy Ndombele.

In addition, Rudiger turns 29 in March, so his resale value won’t exactly be high over the coming seasons.

Arsenal famously spent big money on established stars and it didn’t work out – Spurs should take heed of their rivals’ mistakes.

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