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5 centre-backs Chelsea could buy to replace Antonio Rudiger

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Villarreal defender Pau Torres after the match against Arsenal in the 2020/2021 Europa League semifinals (c) UEFA Champions League Twitter

Antonio Rudiger has officially parted ways with Chelsea. Rudiger has agreed to join Real Madrid.

At the Santiago Bernabeu, Rudiger agreed to sign a four-year contract. Thus, he will wear the Los Blancos uniform until 2026.

Rudiger joined Chelsea from AS Roma in 2017. During his stay in London, he has developed into one of the best defenders in Europe.

Rudiger leaves Stamford Bridge with five major trophies. He won the FA Cup, Champions League, Europa League, European Super Cup and Club World Cup.

After Rudiger’s departure, Chelsea needed to enter the summer transfer window to find a replacement. There are several central defenders the Blues could consider.

Here are five centre-backs who could replace Antonio Rudiger at Chelsea.

Jules Kunde

Jules Kunde
Sevilla centre-back Jules Kunde (c) Sevilla’s official Twitter

Jules Kunde has emerged as a quality defender in La Liga. The Frenchman joined Sevilla in 2019 and is now their key player.

Chelsea actually almost got Kunde in the summer transfer window of 2021. However, the Blues failed to reach an agreement with Sevilla regarding the transfer price.

The Blues are reportedly eyeing Kounde again in the summer transfer market this year. Sevilla reportedly will not release the player for less than 65 million euros.

Josko Gvardiol

 

 

RB Leipzig defender Josko Gvardiol is currently only 20 years old. He has featured regularly for the Bundesliga side after spending last season on loan at Dinamo Zagreb.

Although still young, Gvardiol became a fairly prominent player for Domenico Tedesco’s team. The 20-year-old has made 46 appearances, scoring two goals and providing three assists.

Chelsea became one of the teams that showed a strong interest in bringing him to the Premier League. He could be a long-term asset for Thomas Tuchel’s club.

Wesley Fofana

Wesley Fofana
Wesley Fofana

Leicester City brought in 19-year-old Wesley Fofana from Saint-Etienne in 2020. However, the young French player proved to be a good signing.

Fofana has good attributes as a central defender. He made regular appearances in his first time at the King Power Stadium, making 28 appearances in the Premier League.

Unfortunately, Fofana got a serious injury this season so he only appeared 12 times in all competitions this season. However, Fofana is reportedly on Chelsea’s radar.

Kalidou Koulibaly

Kalidou Koulibaly
Kalidou Koulibaly duels with Edin Dzeko in the match Napoli vs Inter Milan in the 25th week of Serie A 2021/2022

Kalidou Koulibaly is one of the mainstays at the heart of the Napoli defense. He has played for the Partenopei since 2014 after signing from Genk.

Koulibaly has long been linked with a move to the Premier League. With his contract running out next year, the Senegal defender may be time to move to England.

In Serie A, Koulibaly is known as a strong and tough defender. At the age of 30, Koulibaly could be a short-term option for Chelsea.

Pau Torres

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Pau Torres and Vicente Iborra celebrate at Bayern Munich vs Villarreal in the 2021/2022 Champions League quarter-final second leg

Pau Torres is a product of the original Villarreal academy. The Spanish defender made his debut for the senior team in 2017.

Now Torres has appeared regularly in the heart of the Villarreal defense. The 25-year-old defender has played 134 games in all competitions and scored 11 goals for The Yellow Submarine.

Torres is under contract with Villarreal until June 2024. Manchester United have been linked with a move for Torres, but Chelsea are believed to be in the hunt for his signature.

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Including Rudiger, these are the 10 highest-priced players who…

Including Rudiger, these are the 10 highest-priced players who left on free transfers this season

Antonio Rudiger

 Antonio Rudiger has officially become a Real Madrid player. The German player has been officially announced by the management of Los Blancos, yesterday.

Rudiger itself is obtained with a free status. His contract at Chelsea expires at the end of this season.

The joining of Rudiger to Madrid made him a free transfer player with the most expensive tag to move clubs at this time. The official tag of the 29-year-old player is estimated at 35 million euros.

Rudiger himself is not the only player with a high price tag who changed clubs for free at the end of this season. Besides Rudiger, there are also a number of players with a high price tag who switch clubs for free.

Who are these players? Here are ten of them.

Amos Pieper

Amos Pieper occupies the tenth position in the list of the ten highest priced players who leave on a free transfer. The 24-year-old centre-back left Arminia Bielefeld for Werder Bremen on a free.

Currently, Pieper is estimated to have a tag of 7 million euros. With this price tag, the German player is the second most expensive player for Arminia Bielefeld and the 145th in the Bundesliga.

Niklas Stark

In ninth place in the list of the ten highest-priced players who left on a free transfer, there was Niklas Stark. The 27-year-old centre-back left Hertha Berlin for Werder Bremen on a free.

Currently, Stark is estimated to have a tag of 7.5 million euros. With this price, Stark is the third most expensive player at Hertha Berlin and the 137th in the Bundesliga.

Ivan Perisic

Ivan Perisic
Ivan Perisic introduced as a new Tottenham player

The eighth place in the list of the ten highest-priced players who left on a free transfer was occupied by Ivan Perisic. The 33-year-old winger left Inter Milan for Tottenham Hotspur on a free.

Currently, Perisic is estimated to have a tag of 10 million euros. With this price tag, the Croatian player is the 12th most expensive player at Inter Milan and the 128th in Serie A.

Randal Kolo Muani

Randal Kolo Muani occupies the seventh position in the list of the ten highest priced players who left on a free transfer. The 23-year-old striker left Nantes for Eintracht Frankfurt on a free.

Currently, Kolo Muani is estimated to have a tag of 16 million euros. With this price tag, the French player is the most expensive player in Nantes and the 57th in Ligue 1.

Noussair Mazraoui

In sixth place in the list of the ten highest priced players who left on a free transfer, there was the name Noussair Mazraoui. The 24-year-old right fullback left Ajax Amsterdam for Bayern Munich on a free.

Currently, Mazraoui is estimated to have a tag of 20 million euros. With this price tag, Mazraoui is the sixth most expensive player at Ajax and seventh in the Eredivisie.

Matthew Ginter

Matthew Ginter
Matthias Ginter, Borussia Monchengladbach defender

The fifth place in the list of the ten highest-priced players who left on a free transfer was occupied by Matthias Ginter. The 28-year-old centre-back left Borussia Monchengladbach for SC Freiburg on a free.

Currently, Ginter is estimated to have a tag of 24 million euros. With this price tag, this German player is the most expensive player in Monchengladbach and 38th in the Bundesliga.

Lorenzo Insigne

Lorenzo Insigne occupies the fourth position in the list of the ten highest priced players who left on a free transfer. The 30-year-old winger left Napoli from Toronto FC on a free.

Currently, Insigne is estimated to have a tag of 25 million euros. With this price tag, the Italian player is the eighth most expensive player at Napoli and the 46th in Serie A.

Boubacar Kamara

In third place in the list of the ten highest-priced players who left on a free transfer was Boubacar Kamara. The 22-year-old defensive midfielder left Marseille for Aston Villa on a free.

Currently, Kamara is estimated to have a tag of 25 million euros. With this price, Kamara is the second most expensive player in Marseille and the 20th in Ligue 1.

Niklas Sule

Niklas Sule
Bayern Munich players Thomas Muller and Niklas Sule

The second place in the list of the ten highest priced players who left on a free transfer was occupied by Niklas Sule. The 26-year-old centre-back left Bayern Munich for Borussia Dortmund on a free.

Sule is currently estimated to cost 35 million euros. With this price tag, the German player is the eleventh most expensive player at Bayern and the 21st in the Bundesliga.

Antonio Rudiger

Antonio Rudiger occupies the top position in the list of the ten highest-priced players who left on free transfers. The 29-year-old centre-back left Chelsea for Real Madrid on a free.

Rudiger is estimated to have a tag of 35 million euros. With this price tag, the German player is the eleventh most expensive player at Chelsea and the 63rd in the Premier League.