Tottenham are reportedly interested in signing Antonio Rudiger from Chelsea.
The centre-back has fallen down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge this season following the arrival of Thiago Silva from Paris Saint-Germain.
The Germany international hasn’t featured in any of Chelsea’s opening three Premier League fixtures of the season.
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Despite Frank Lampard’s struggle to find a solid defensive pairing, the 27-year-old is deemed surplus to requirements and is said to be keen on a move away from Stamford Bridge for more game time ahead of the European Championships next summer.
Chelsea have Kurt Zouma, Andreas Christensen, Fikayo Tomori and Thiago Silva as centre-back options and may be willing to allow Rudiger to leave either on loan or in a permanent deal.
Sky Sports claim Tottenham are interested in Rudiger, though the Blues rarely do business with Spurs.
Rudiger alleged he was racially abused during Chelsea’s game at Tottenham last December. Both the Metropolitan Police and Tottenham found no evidence to support the allegation.
Ahead of Chelsea and Spurs’ Carabao Cup fourth-round meeting on Tuesday, Lampard warned that no assumptions should be made over Rudiger’s future.
“I wouldn’t assume anything,” Lampard said. “And I wouldn’t assume Antonio or any players in the squad (are leaving).”