Manchester United target Chelsea star as agent reaches ‘agreement’

Manchester United have registered their interest in signing Chelsea centre-back Antonio Rudiger, according to reports.

The Germany international has established himself as a key part of Chelsea’s defence, especially after Thomas Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard as manager in January.

But the 28-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season and could leave Stamford Bridge on a free transfer if he fails to agree a new deal.

Thomas Tuchel is keen for Rudiger to extend his stay with Chelsea but the defender has attracted interest from several clubs across Europe.

According to The Independent, United are among the Premier League teams who have registered their interest along with Tottenham.

But the report claims that if he decides to move, Rudiger would prefer to leave the Premier League altogether rather than join one of Chelsea’s rivals.

Real Madrid are said to be leading to race to sign Rudiger as they have held talks with the defender’s brother and agent brother Sahr Senesie.

The report claims that an ‘informal agreement’ was reached with Rudiger’s representative and Madrid following talks last month but a contract has not been signed.

Senesie has also met with Bayern Munich to discuss the possibility of a return to the Bundesliga.

Speaking about Rudiger’s future last month, Tuchel said: ‘He’s been outstanding from the first day to now. I hope it stays like this.

‘Defensively we are strong as usual and they deserve the praise for it.

‘They do a lot of invisible work, they protect each other, support and are brave in attacking. We want to be dangerous from set-pieces.

‘Everybody wants him to stay, it’s clear and he knows it but sometimes there is a delay in these things and there is obviously a delay.

‘It can happen these days but it does not affect his mentality, it doesn’t affect his quality, it doesn’t affect his behaviour.

‘He is fully committed to Chelsea right now and I am absolutely sure he feels the trust, respect and love from the club and spectators.

‘He knows what he has here, a fantastic club, fantastic league. He’s a competitor.

‘We’ll have a bit of patience and hopefully a happy end.’