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Chelsea are in talks with AS Roma over the possibility of signing centre-back Antonio Rudiger, according to Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio.

As per Di Marzio, negotiations are already underway between the two clubs, with Rudiger’s agent preparing to fly to London in order to discuss personal terms with the Premier League champions.

Di Marzio believe that Antonio Conte was keen to sign Rudiger last summer, but the German ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament and the deal collapsed. It is reported that the Italian remains an admirer, and it looks as though he is attempting to sign him once again.

Di Marzio reports that the transfer fee being discussed by the two clubs is in the region of £30M. With Nathan Ake departing for Bournemouth early on Friday, it looks as though the Blues have sprung into action in order to secure a replacement. Only time will tell if Rudiger will be that man.

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