July 7, 2017

Rudiger Deal Edging Closer  (Sky Sports)

Antonio RudigerChelsea hope to conclude their deal to sign Roma centre-back Antonio Rudiger in the next few days, Sky sources understand.

The clubs have already agreed a fee that could rise to £34m for the 24-year-old Germany international.

Sky Sports News HQ understands discussions over personal terms are at an advanced stage and that the deal is edging closer to completion.

Rudiger has spent the last two seasons in Serie A, joining Roma on loan at the start of the 2015-16 season and then joining the club on a permanent basis last summer for £7.6m.

He helped Roma finish second in Italy's top flight last season as they secured qualification for the Champions League.

Rudiger would be the second addition to Antonio Conte's senior squad this summer, following Manchester City goalkeeper Willy Caballero.

The Blues have also added highly-rated Exeter City teenager Ethan Ampadu.

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