Reports: Spurs to offer big financial package to secure £31.5m defender’s signature ahead of Chelsea

Tottenham could be set to make a hugely ambitious signing. Paritici appears to be keeping a close eye on players with a contract expiring at the end of this season, with previous links to the likes of Franck Kessie. Spurs now appear to be targeting a player from one of their closest rivals. 

It now appears that Spurs are also looking closer to home at a free transfer, in the shape of Antonio Rudiger. Chelsea will be desperate to keep hold of Rudiger, who is performing as one of the best central defenders in the league over the last two seasons. Now though, his financial demands appear to be putting a strain on his relationship with Chelsea, and Spurs look ready to pounce. 

Back in November, it was reported that Spurs were willing to make a big financial commitment to Rudiger, in order to pull him away from Chelsea upon the conclusion of his contract. 

According to a more recent report from ESPN, Antonio Conte is set to make his mark on the Premier League, by trying to lure a number of high-profile free transfer signings, with Rudiger high on the list. 

These claims are supported by Football Insider, who say that Daniel Levy is ready to make a ‘huge’ offer tempt Rudiger to Chelsea’s rivals.

The 28-year-old is in his prime years and would be a fantastic addition to Conte’s defensive unit. The German international will be talking to a number of high-profile clubs though, so it is likely that Spurs would need to offer wages in the region of £200,000 per-week, as well as a hefty signing on fee, in order to win the race.

That commitment in wages would be offset due to the transfer fee being zero. Rudiger is valued at £31.5million on transfermarkt, so signing him for nothing would be a huge coup.