CHELSEA are reportedly in talks to sign Roma star Antonio Rudiger.
The Germany international has long been linked with a Stamford Bridge switch.
And Gianluca Di Marzio claims Rudiger’s agent and brother has taken a flight to London to negotiate a deal.
It’s said that Chelsea are willing to pay £30million for the 24-year-old after his long-term injury scuppered a move last summer.
Rudiger is capable of playing in either a back-three or four-man defence, making him ideal for Antonio Conte’s tactics.
Chelsea have also been linked with Roma teammate Kostas Manolas, who failed to show for his Zenit medical yesterday despite a £30m move being agreed in principle.
However, it seems the Blues are looking to push ahead with a move for the younger Rudiger after selling Nathan Ake to Bournemouth.
The Netherlands international was recalled from his Cherries loan spell midway through last season and appeared to have a Stamford Bridge future after starring against Tottenham in the FA Cup semi-finals.
But Chelsea chiefs have clearly decided Ake was not good enough to warrant regular games next term and have cashed in.
Kurt Zouma’s future remains unclear as well, with Crystal Palace lining up an audacious bid.
While Andreas Christensen has made no secret of his desire to return to Borussia Monchengladbach after seeing a two-year loan spell come to an end.