Manchester City are one of four clubs in the running to sign Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger on a free transfer next summer, according to reports in Italy.
Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus and Tottenham are also said to be in contention to snap up the German international, and City fans on Twitter have been debating whether the Citizens really need another centre-back:
Its a joke if he joins us tbh
— Cyrus 🙇🏻♂️ (@SilkyCyrus_74) January 12, 2022
Chelsea is a much more smaller club than I thought.
— Phame Dash (@phamedash) January 12, 2022
Would be our 4th choice cb, maybe even 5th
— Ant (@BernardoTouch) January 12, 2022
Nah we good
— Ortega 💙🇧🇼 (@mcfcOrtega) January 12, 2022
I’ll take Rudiger but only if this means Ake is a outgoing player. Ake just hasn’t risen to the potential I thought he would have.
— RetroDman (Daniel) (@RetroDman1996) January 12, 2022
we don’t want him
— ²⁶ (@Riyad_SZN) January 12, 2022
Sign him up
— Mike MCFC (@GeniusKDB) January 12, 2022
Don’t need him
— WiselessAsper🇩🇰 (@mohamedamiin2) January 12, 2022
Would be our worst CB
— Sarah (@Stonesology) January 12, 2022
Oh god no please 🤦
— Dominic tandy (@Dom44mcfc) January 12, 2022
Sources in the English media have been suggesting that Rudiger may yet stay at Stamford Bridge after talks over a new contract resumed this week.
The 28-year-old is reportedly demanding close to £200,000 a week, which isn’t a great deal in the grand scheme of things, particularly for a club like City (who recently gave Kevin De Bruyne £385,000 a week).
However, while Rudiger is undoubtedly a very good player, the Premier League champions do already have four centre-halves on their books, so it would still be a surprise if the club were genuine contenders for his signature.