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Barcelona ‘interested in taking over Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger’

Barcelona ‘interested in signing Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger’ after slipping back to FIFTH Choice center under Frank Lampard … just weeks after Blues considered offering him a new deal

  • Antonio Rudiger has not been selected in Chelsea’s last two match days
  • The German international has fallen into the pecking order in the middle back
  • Barcelona and former club AS Roma are reportedly excited about the 27-year-old
  • Ligue 1 champions PSG are looking at a full season lease for Rudiger

Barcelona has emerged as one of the front runners who pulled Chelsea center-back Antonio Rudiger out of favor.

The Germany international has been left out of Frank Lampard’s last two matchday teams, including the 6-0 win over Barnsley on Wednesday night when Thiago Silva made his debut for the club.

Rudiger’s lack of action has alerted a number of top clubs across Europe and according to the German outlet Kicker, Barça and former club Roma are in line just weeks after Chelsea considered offering Rudiger a contract extension.

Center-back Antonio Rudiger has not been selected in Chelsea’s last two match days

Antonio Rudiger has been left out of Chelsea's selection for the second time in a row

Antonio Rudiger has been left out of Chelsea's selection for the second time in a row

Barcelona and Roma are lining up for the German defender, PSG is also interested

The report indicates that while Rudiger’s current deal doesn’t end until the summer of 2022, the Blues hierarchy was considering an extension.

Kicker also state that another unnamed European heavyweight is interested in Rudiger – Sportsmail reported Wednesday that Ligue 1 champions PSG were excited about a long lease.

Still highly regarded across Europe and in the prime of his career at the age of 27, Rudiger will seemingly have no shortage of suitors if he becomes available for transfer in the coming weeks.

The Germany international played 26 times in all competitions last season, but has dropped down the pecking order to fifth choice center back at Stamford Bridge, behind Kurt Zouma, Andreas Christensen, Fikayo Tomori and new hire Silva.

Rudiger first broke through on the European scene during an impressive season with Roma in 2016-17

Rudiger first broke through on the European scene during an impressive season with Roma in 2016-17

Rudiger first broke through on the European scene during an impressive season with Roma in 2016-17

It now looks like Rudiger, who came to Chelsea from Roma in the summer of 2017, will leave the club – either on loan or through a permanent deal – before the October 5 transfer deadline.

Rudiger himself is keen to play regularly as he wants to be part of Joachim Low’s German team for next summer’s European championships.

He sat on the bench for 90 minutes during Chelsea’s opening win against Brighton, but did not make it to the 18-man squad in particular for the defeat to Liverpool and Wednesday’s EFL Cup victory.

Blues boss Frank Lampard said there could be movement within the squad in the coming weeks

Blues boss Frank Lampard said there could be movement within the squad in the coming weeks

Blues boss Frank Lampard said there could be movement within the squad in the coming weeks

Lampard seemed to confirm on Wednesday that there could be more movement on the transfer front: ‘With the middle halves I cannot have them all in the team. I keep getting questions about the size of the team.

‘There may be movement, we know, but nothing is concrete, so don’t read too much into those selections at the moment.

“It will have to be the things that are good for the club and for individuals and for me and for what is happening in the coming weeks.”

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