Journalist Duncan Castles has revealed that rumoured Tottenham target Antonio Rudiger is demanding a substantial signing-on fee to interested clubs ahead of the summer transfer window.

Rudiger’s current deal at Stamford Bridge runs out in the summer (Transfermarkt) and the centre-back has hinted recently that the ball is in Chelsea’s court in terms of a new contract (The Athletic).

However, given the uncertain future regarding Chelsea’s ownership due to sanctions imposed on Roman Abramovich, the defender has been backed to leave the club on a free transfer this summer (Sky Sports).

It was previously reported that Tottenham were in contact with the former Roma man’s representatives regarding a move across the capital (Football Insider).

Spurs have allegedly made ‘a very good offer’ to the 28-year-old but the North Londoners are thought to be facing competition from the likes of Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain for his signature (Dean Jones on The Football Terrace YouTube Channel).

Castles has now revealed that Rudiger is demanding a signing-on fee of €30m (£25m) in addition to a salary of €6m (£5m) per year, in order to sign on the dotted line.

The journalist said on the Transfer Window Podcast: “The news we have today is of the financial terms that Antonio Rudiger is asking for to sign a contract with whichever of the elite European football clubs can be convinced to take him. 

“He’s offering his services to top clubs, Real Madrid are one of the candidates, Manchester United, Juventus and Bayern Munich have also been offered the player. The price he is asking for is a €30m (£25m) signing on fee, and a basic wage of €6m (£5m) after that.”

Spurs Web Opinion

Even putting aside, Rudiger’s unrealistic financial demands and his Chelsea connection, I do not think he was ever really a realistic target for Tottenham, given that the centre-back is attracting interest from some of the biggest clubs across the continent.

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