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Chelsea chief Marina Granovskaia warned she’s about to lose Blues’ own Virgil van Dijk

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Chelsea chief Marina Granovskaia has been warned to act quickly to keep Antonio Rudiger at Stamford Bridge as he approaches the final months of his contract.

The defender has been compared to Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk due to his impact on the Blues side and his ability to bring the ball out from the back.

Rudiger is out of contract next summer and is yet to agree terms on a new deal in west London.

According to football.london, the player wants £200,000 a week to stay at Chelsea, but club chiefs are only offering a package worth £140,000.

The 28-year-old will be free to talk to overseas clubs in the New Year, with Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain apparently vying to land him on a free transfer at the end of the season.

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The likes of Bayern Munich and Juventus are also thought to be interested in Rudiger, while Manchester United could reportedly be about to launch a shock bid for the player.

And former Chelsea midfielder Steve Sidwell admits Rudiger is irreplaceable.

He’s really stepped up to the plate not only defensively but on the ball as well,” Sidwell told BT Sport.

“Some of the drives out for the ball to come out and start attacks for Chelsea. If they let him go, who do you replace him with? He’s invaluable.

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“He can play passes forward – he ventures forward when he needs to.

“Defensively the last few games he’s slipped. He’s let runners go and let’s his go of his position quite a lot.

“But when he’s on it, there’s no one better in the Premier League.”

Meanwhile Joleon Lescott has extolled Rudiger for the fact he kept himself ready to perform when he was overlooked by former boss Frank Lampard.

“He’s one of the few defenders who you can tell actually enjoys defending,” said the ex-Manchester City defender. “Being in the one vs one battle and physical side of the game.

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“I think he’s right to be in this situation because when Frank Lampard was there, he couldn’t even get into the squad.

“So, the fact that he’s kept himself ready when Thomas Tuchel came in.

“He was ready to perform and has been consistent. He’s probably been their most consistent player since arriving.

“So he deserves to be in this situation. I’m sure Chelsea are doing everything in their power to keep him.”

Rudiger has only missed one Premier League game all season and is set to take his place at the heart of the Chelsea defence when his side travel to Wolves on Sunday.

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Man Utd ready to agree net £34million+ contract for signing, guarantee stability for decades – AS

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Manchester United are serious about signing a world class star in the form of Casemiro and reports suggest that they are ready to agree a mammoth contract to convince the player.

As per today’s version of AS (news image provided below), the Real Madrid superstar is really tempted by the offer made by the Red Devils.

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The famous Spanish news source have mentioned that Man Utd have tabled a five year deal that will make the midfielder earn a net salary of more than £34million (40 million euros).

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Casemiro is now in a massive dilemma. United’s offer is so succulent that it guarantees the midfielder and his family’s stability for ‘decades’.

On the other hand, by accepting such a contract, the Brazilian international will have to give up on immediate sporting glory.

Moving to Old Trafford would mean swapping Champions League for Europa League and it is a hard decision to make for someone who is currently a European Champion and has won the continent’s premier competition five times.

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AS claim the situation must be resolved soon. If Casemiro gives the green light to leave, then Real Madrid would demand a fee of at least £68million (80 million euros) to sell him.

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The Samba star is one of the best defensive midfielders in the world but the Los Blancos have already prepared for the future by signing youngsters like Camavinga and Tchouameni, who can effectively play in the DM position.

See also  Erik ten Hag can consider Manchester United wildcard to solve £50m transfer problem in pre-season

At Old Trafford, Ten Hag does not have a specialist holding midfield star and someone like Casemiro will largely improve the squad. However, the question is, should Man Utd spend £68million to sign a player who will turn 31 next year?

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Manchester United are serious about signing a world class star in the form of Casemiro and reports suggest that they are ready to agree a mammoth contract to convince the player.

As per today’s version of AS (news image provided below), the Real Madrid superstar is really tempted by the offer made by the Red Devils.

The famous Spanish news source have mentioned that Man Utd have tabled a five year deal that will make the midfielder earn a net salary of more than £34million (40 million euros).

See also  Manchester United need to make Bruno Fernandes change to fix recent weakness

Casemiro is now in a massive dilemma. United’s offer is so succulent that it guarantees the midfielder and his family’s stability for ‘decades’.

On the other hand, by accepting such a contract, the Brazilian international will have to give up on immediate sporting glory.

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Moving to Old Trafford would mean swapping Champions League for Europa League and it is a hard decision to make for someone who is currently a European Champion and has won the continent’s premier competition five times.

AS claim the situation must be resolved soon. If Casemiro gives the green light to leave, then Real Madrid would demand a fee of at least £68million (80 million euros) to sell him.

See also  Solskjaer picks out ‘priority’ signing as Man United nearing agreement to sign top target for British transfer record fee

The Samba star is one of the best defensive midfielders in the world but the Los Blancos have already prepared for the future by signing youngsters like Camavinga and Tchouameni, who can effectively play in the DM position.

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Charlie McNeill called up to Manchester United first team training

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Erik ten Hag has called up Charlie McNeill to first team training, with the young striker pictured in training on Wednesday.

The call up is a great way for McNeill to make an impression on the Manchester United manager, amid a tricky start to the season.

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McNeill was an unused substitute in Manchester United’s final pre-season friendly in at Old Trafford against Rayo Vallecano.

This was the closest the young striker has come to the first team, and he was back with the under-21s to start the season

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McNeill was a substitute in United’s most recent under-21 fixture, with Spanish striker Mateo Mejia preferred.

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But it was McNeill who got the nod to join Erik ten Hag’s most recent training session, where he was pictured alongsie Christian Eriksen, James Garner, Scott McTominay and Tyrell Malacia

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