Chelsea and Man United set to battle it out for £35 million Germany defender

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Days after clashing at Stamford Bridge, Manchester United are set to battle Chelsea again – and this time it will be a closer affair. For when it comes to financial matters, United have proven they can go toe-to-toe with any rival. If only they were as an intimidating on the pitch. Well, if they win this transfer tussle then they could be.

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Or at least that’s the hope for Jose Mourinho. It’s ironic that Chelsea’s brutal 4-0 beating of the Red Devils could lead to them losing out in the race for Antonio Rudiger. Chris Smalling’s shortcomings were laid bare with a truly hapless performance at centre-back. The highlight reel of that game could be used in a case against keeping the England international as a first choice defender. He’s got some serious ground to make up.

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Roma defender Rudiger has been a target for Chelsea for several months. A Germany international valued at £35 million, he’s regarded as one of the best up-and-coming defenders on the continent. Antonio Conte thinks he would be perfect for his 3-4-3 formation. The 23-year-old could spark a bidding war with the Daily Mail reporting that Manchester City are also eyeing him up.

After months out injured, Rudiger will be keen to make up for lost time.


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