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Chelsea Pushing For Real Madrid Defender As Replacement For Departing Star

Real Madrid defender is top of Chelsea’s list of transfer targets for this summer, and has been specifically requested by Thomas Tuchel.

That’s what AS in Spain is reporting today, and it’s a fresh enough storey to pique our interest. They claim that the club has accepted the departures of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen and has thus opted to go all-in on a big star at a large club.

Militao is a capable player, and it’s simple to see how he could fill in for Rudiger, but luring him away from Real Madrid will be a monumental task.

He’s established himself as Carlo Ancelotti’s first option at the back with David Alaba, and is now demonstrating the promise for which they spent Porto a lot of money just a few years ago.

His contract doesn’t expire until 2025, so it’ll be costly on all fronts – and that’s assuming he wants to transfer at all.

The defence duo’s contract expires at the end of the season, and they’ve been linked with moves away from the club.

Christensen is coveted by Borussia Dortmund, while Rudiger is wanted by Juventus and Bayern Munich.

Chelsea will now concentrate on Militao after failing to recruit Sevilla centre-back Jules Kounde.

Eder Militao
Eder Militao

However, they may have a similar problem signing the Brazilian, who is said to desire to stay at Los Blancos.

He’s also an important part of Carlo Ancelotti’s plans, having played the most minutes of any outfield player for Real this season – only six minutes less than Thibaut Courtois, the goalkeeper.

Militao is also Real’s most expensive defender, and with a deal that runs until 2025, the Spanish giants could want a large fee to let him go.

Chelsea may have to look elsewhere for a striker, with Bayern Munich’s Niklas Sule frequently linked with a move to Stamford Bridge.

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