PSG Still Interested in Chelsea's Antonio Rudiger

Max Parsons
Dec 23, 2020, 3:45 PM GMT
Just the one Premier League appearance so far this season for the defender
Just the one Premier League appearance so far this season for the defender | Catherine Ivill/Getty Images
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Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel is still interested in bringing in Chelsea centre-back Antonio Rudiger in January.

Tuchel wanted to land his compatriot in the previous transfer window, but ultimately failed to take Rudiger to the reigning French champions in the summer.

However, Rudiger's lack of involvement at Stamford Bridge so far this campaign has encouraged Tuchel to remain committed to seeking a transfer for the Germany international.

Thomas Tuchel has been PSG manager since 2018
Thomas Tuchel has been PSG manager since 2018 | Sylvain Lefevre/Getty Images

Le Parisien has reported that the PSG manager has 'not changed his mind' with regards to the signing of Rudiger, and that the club will 'try everything' to strengthen the squad in the upcoming transfer window.

The French giants currently do not have many options in that area of the pitch, with Presnel Kimpembe and Marquinhos being the only quality, natural central defenders in the squad. The addition of Rudiger would, therefore, provide a boost to options.

The deal is more than plausible, given that the German has not been a key player in Chelsea's season thus far. Rudiger has featured just once in the Premier League and has been used four times in the Champions League. He has been marginalised by the arrival of Thiago Silva and the revival of Kurt Zouma's form, with the pair forming a solid partnership at the heart of the Blues' back line this campaign.

Thiago Silva and Kurt Zouma are keeping the other centre back options out of the first team
Thiago Silva and Kurt Zouma are keeping the other centre back options out of the first team | Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Le Parisien's report also adds that the deal looks 'just as complicated as it did a few weeks ago', although the article does not provide an explanation as to why this is. In any case, PSG tend to get their man more often that not, especially when the target is struggling for first-team football.

The reigning Ligue 1 champions currently sit third in the table. Despite having won more matches than any other side in the division, it's the fact that they have lost four of their first 16 games that has let them down - a reason for which the introduction of defensive options would be valuable.

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