The quest for John Terry's heir continues. With Kurt Zouma lined up to be one half of Chelsea's future at centre-back, the Blues are continuing their search for the other piece of the puzzle. After being linked with Everton's John Stones and most recently VfB Stuttgart's Antonio Rüdiger, we have quotes coming straight from the latter's agent.
I know of interest from Chelsea and Wolfsburg. Antonio would prefer to stay in Germany.
Based on that, Rüdiger won't be an easy grab. His preference is to keep playing in the Bundesliga, which clearly favours Wolfsburg. Chelsea's advantage is that Stuttgart is holding out for a €18 million fee, and Wolfsburg is only willing to pay up to €12 million for the player.
Being a German international with 6 caps at 22 years old, Antonio Rüdiger is certainly an interesting prospect at centre-back, but his side wasn't very good defensively whether or not he was involved, which is not a good sign if we're looking for someone to fill in Terry's shoes in a few years. If Raphaël Varane is out of consideration, perhaps we should move for a known commodity like John Stones, even if he's more expensive.