The 28-year-old has entered the final year of his existing deal at Stamford Bridge and there has been little progress in talks over an extension since Euro 2020 finished in July.
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Sources have told ESPN Rudiger wants to double his £100,000-a-week wage to sign what would likely be the last big deal of his career.
Chelsea have so far only indicated they are willing to offer around £150,000-a-week and the impasse has alerted the interest of several top European clubs.
The financial impact of COVID-19 has limited the transfer power of many top sides and so the prospect of a Champions League winning centre-back in the peak years of his career being available for nothing will likely attract Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid and Juventus — all of whom have previously expressed an interest in Rudiger.
He will be free to talk to overseas clubs directly from Jan. 1. Rudiger also previously said he discussed a move to London rivals Tottenham Hotspur last summer when Jose Mourinho was in charge.
Sources told ESPN Rudiger’s preference is to stay in west London but Chelsea have previously taken a firm stance with players in similar positions, refusing to accept Willian‘s request for a longer contract than the club originally offered before allowing him to join Arsenal on a free last year.
As ESPN reported last week, Chelsea remain interested in Kounde having failed to agree a deal this summer but only if Sevilla drop their recent insistence the 22-year-old’s €80 million asking price is met.
The future of Thiago Silva is also a factor given he turns 37 next week and has a contract which expires at the end of the season. Chelsea have already allowed another centre-back, Kurt Zouma, to depart in a €29.4m deal to West Ham United.
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