According to Italian newspaper Il Tempo, Chelsea haven't dropped their interest on AS Roma defender Antonio Rüdiger despite the torn ACL suffered by the player during a training session with the German national team last week. The report claims that Chelsea have contacted Pier Paolo Mariani, the orthopedic doctor who performed surgery on Rüdiger, to inquire about the 23-year-old's initial prognosis.
Before the injury, Chelsea were supposedly willing to pay upwards of €30m for Rüdiger. Any potential potential offer now, accoring to Il Tempo, would be in the region of just €18-20m. Still, even with the steep discount, this would be a rather desperate and quite risky move.
The report also comments on Radja Nainggolan's current situation with Roma. They concur with the latest word there, namely that the midfielder is set to stay, with Roma ready to offer a new contract now that Miralem Pjanic is off their books. The offer will match Chelsea's supposed offer during negotiations: €6m in yearly wages until 2021, a significant raise on the 28-year-old's current €4m-per-year deal until 2020.
You're welcome, Radja!