Newcastle enter the race for Chelsea contract rebel Antonio Rudiger

Newcastle United have emerged as a shock potential destination for Antonio Rudiger, who is out of contract at Chelsea this summer.

The German has been rightly lauded as one of the best defenders in the Premier League over the last 18 months in Chelsea’s generally stub defence, but seems unlikely to remain at Stamford Bridge next season, with his current deal with the Blues expiring in June and discussions between the player and club having not been productive thus far.

And while Bayern Munich and Real Madrid were thought to be the frontrunners for his signature, the Telegraph report that, in a shocking turn of events, Newcastle United have now entered the fray for the 29-year-old’s signature.

Why Newcastle are unlikely to land Rudiger

Despite the links to the German defender, it seems that Newcastle are unlikely to land Rudiger when push comes to shove. They have been bankrolled by their new owners, and spent the most money in January, but have tried to implement a wage structure on Tyneside, that Rudiger would break.

The same Telegraph report claims that ‘Newcastle’s takeover by the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia has made them major players in the transfer market. But they have still shown caution in terms of their outlay and are unlikely to smash their wage structure to accommodate players on more than £200,000-a-week.’

Newcastle enter the race for Chelsea contract rebel Antonio Rudiger

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 19: Antonio Rüdiger of Chelsea heads the ball under pressure from Cristian Romero of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on September 19, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

Given that Rudiger is thought to be demanding wages in the region of £225,000 per week, this already makes the deal seem like a non-starter, but stranger things have happened in transfer windows.

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4 Arsenal FC 25 12 48
5 Manchester United 28 7 47
6 West Ham United 28 11 45
7 Tottenham Hotspur 26 8 45
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 27 1 40
9 Southampton FC 27 -7 35
10 Crystal Palace 28 1 33
11 Aston Villa 26 0 33
12 Leicester City 25 -3 33
13 Brighton & Hove Albion 27 -6 33
14 Newcastle United 26 -16 28
15th Brentford FC 28 -15th 27
16 Leeds United 27 -32 23
17 Everton FC 25 -18 22
18 Burnley FC 26 -14 21
19 Watford FC 27 -23 19
20 Norwich City 27 -42 17
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Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur 10
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 10
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 10
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 9
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 9
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 9
De Bruyne, Kevin Manchester City 9
Tony, Ivan Brentford FC 9
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 9
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