Real Madrid’s move for Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger is the perfect deal for the Spanish giants

Real Madrid’s Antonio Rudiger move is their perfect deal: firming up their defence, unleashing the versatility of David Alaba… and keeping free funds for Kylian Mbappe – so here’s how they could line up

  • Antonio Rudiger will leave Chelsea at the end of his contract this season
  • Real Madrid are set to sign the German international in the summer window
  • It’s a smart move for Real, with the deal impacting the squad

Real Madrid believe they have the perfect combination with Antonio Rudiger – a fiercely competitive winner and a free transfer.

The club see the Chelsea man as this summer’s David Alaba with the Austrian combining those same qualities in last year’s pre-season.

With some clubs focusing on costly additions to the center of their defense (Sevilla duo Jules Kounde and Diego Carlos are likely to provoke a mini bidding war this summer), and Barcelona looking for a free transfer but are focusing on ball-playing centre-backs such as Andreas Christensen, Madrid want someone who fits a frugal spending plan for almost everyone, not Kylian Mbappe, and someone they believe has the winning mentality of the club.

Real Madrid set to sign centre-back Antonio Rudiger on a free transfer this summer

The centre-back will leave Chelsea when his contract expires at the end of the season

The centre-back will leave Chelsea when his contract expires at the end of the season

Rudiger's arrival would help Madrid unlock David Alaba's versatility

Rudiger’s arrival would help Madrid unlock David Alaba’s versatility

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What Carlo Ancelotti’s squad could look like next season:

GK: Courtois (Lunin)

DEFENSE: Carvajal, Militao, Rudiger, Alaba

(Lucas), (Nacho), (Mendy)

MIDFIELDER : Modric, Casemiro, Kroos

(Camavinga), (Chouameni), (Alaba)

OFFENSIVE: Mbappe, Benzema, Vinicius

(Valverde), (Rodrygo).

The bonus for them will also be to unleash the versatility of David Alaba and avoid scenarios like this tonight at the Etihad when, potentially, they are without Casemiro and don’t really have an obvious option for him. replace.

Alaba is more than happy in a midfield role and he can play at left-back, so with Rudiger able to link up with Eder Militao, he could now replace both the Brazilian midfielder and Ferland Mendy who have struggled with fitness this season.

Another freebie means all funds go to Mbappe’s coffers. At least it will be like that if he decides to take what could end up being a record signing from Real Madrid and not Paris Saint Germain. Madrid remain confident that he will.

Madrid will also buy a midfielder. Spending big on Mbappe is likely to rule out a successful bid for Borussia Dortmund’s English midfielder Jude Bellingham.

Madrid have a good relationship with Dortmund, who have loaned out Achraf Hakimi and Reinier Jesus in the past, but 22-year-old Monaco midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni is likely to be more accessible.

The German club won’t need to sell after offloading Erling Haaland to Manchester City and Bellingham has a contract until 2025.

Massive spending in midfield will not be the priority if Rudiger arrives and there is the possibility of advancing Alaba. There’s a lot of confidence in Eduardo Camavinga’s ability to keep improving as well.

PSG's Kylian Mbappe remains a target for Madrid but his future beyond this season is unclear

PSG’s Kylian Mbappe remains a target for Madrid but his future beyond this season is unclear

Real have holes in their squad as seen in the potential impact of Casemiro's absence against Manchester City in their Champions League semi-final

Real have holes in their squad as seen in the potential impact of Casemiro’s absence against Manchester City in their Champions League semi-final

Midfielder Eduardo Camavinga is a player Real Madrid have high hopes for in the future

Midfielder Eduardo Camavinga is a player Real Madrid have high hopes for in the future

He is part of a group of young players, along with Vinicius, Fede Valverde and Rodrygo who are seen as the club’s future. Their youth means that experience is another thing valued in new recruits.

Rudiger is a player who left Germany when he was only 22 years old. He won a Champions League and convinced three of the best coaches in Europe: Joachim Low, Hansi Flick and Thomas Tuchel.

It’s not a bet, it’s just another in a long line of shrewd moves in the market. Eden Hazard and Luka Jovic aside, it really feels like Madrid haven’t set foot with signings for a long time.

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