Rudiger has found game-time hard to come by this season at Chelsea, and Barcelona could potentially offer him a way out of Stamford Bridge in January.
Barcelona targeting centre-backs; Chelsea's Rudiger an option
Barcelona are targeting a centre-back signing in January. Veteran Gerard Pique, Frenchman Clement Lenglet, youngster Ronald Araujo and the injury-prone Samuel Umtiti are the club's current options in the position.
Manchester City centre-back Eric Garcia remains the primary target. The youngster is a graduate of Barcelona's famed La Masia academy, and only has a year left on his contract. Barcelona tried to sign him in the summer, but failed to agree a deal with Manchester City.
If the move to sign Garcia fails, Barcelona have identified other options as well. Chelsea's Rudiger and Liverpool's Joel Matip are said to be their alternate targets.
Rudiger has not featured for Chelsea in the Premier League this season. The Germany international is behind the likes of Kurt Zouma, Thiago Silva and Andreas Christensen in the pecking order. With Chelsea manager Frank Lampard reluctant to utilise Rudiger, a move seems to be in the offing.
The 27-year-old has made 117 appearances in all competitions for Chelsea since moving to the club from Roma for £29 million in 2017. Barcelona would acquire an experienced centre-back who should be entering his peak if they do make a move for Rudiger.
Garcia remains a target for Barcelona though, and reports have suggested that the club will once again initiate talks with Manchester City. Apart from him, Lyon attacker Memphis Depay remains a high-profile target for the club.
Chelsea, on the other hand, could potentially move for West Ham United star Declan Rice in the winter. Rice is a graduate of the Chelsea youth academy, and his performances for the Hammers have seen him heavily linked with a return.
Rice has played as a defensive midfielder at West Ham, but can play at centre-back if needed. If Chelsea do sign him, it would further reduce the chance of Rudiger getting first-team football before the Euros.
Published 17 Nov 2020, 15:41 IST