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Manchester City aiming to beat Chelsea to mega-money signing of Roma defender Antonio Rudiger

Premier League rivals are set battle it out for the £30m man and German international who is currently starring in the Confederations Cup

Chelsea have some competition in their pursuit of Roma defender Antonio Rudiger in the shape of Premier League rivals Manchester City.

Antonio Conte was believed to be close to sealing a £30million centre-half, but Pep Guardiola is a fan, and has thrown his hat into the ring.

Antonio Rudiger may have to choose between Manchester City and Chelsea for his next move

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Antonio Rudiger may have to choose between Manchester City and Chelsea for his next move

Pep Guardiola has thrown his hat into the ring to bag Antonio Rudiger

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Pep Guardiola has thrown his hat into the ring to bag Antonio Rudiger

The Mirror reports that City, like Chelsea, have also “been scouting Rudiger for the past few months” and will “make an offer to Roma”.

But they will have to move fast.

SunSport has previously reported how Italian transfer expert 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.

Antonio Conte may have won the Premier League title, but seemingly it doesn't guarantee the signings of everybody

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Antonio Conte may have won the Premier League title, but seemingly it doesn’t guarantee the signings of everybody

Antonio Rudiger has impressed playing for Germany in the Confederations Cup

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Antonio Rudiger has impressed playing for Germany in the Confederations Cup

However, it seems the Blues are looking to push ahead with a move for the younger Rudiger after selling Nathan Ake to Bournemouth.

But Manchester City entering the race gives them the chance of getting revenge on Chelsea.

Tiemoue Bakayoko is close to joining the London club, but was also believed to be on Guardiola’s radar too.

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