Chelsea in talks with Roma over signing defender Antonio Rüdiger

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Chelsea are in talks with Roma over a deal for Antonio Rüdiger. The Germany defender is keen on a move to Stamford Bridge and his adviser is to hold talks with the Premier League champions in London.

The clubs are some way apart in their valuations. Roma are holding out for €45m (£39.6m) whereas Chelsea would prefer to pay €35m for the 24-year-old, who is primarily a central defender but can play at right-back.

Chelsea have been pursuing a variety of centre-halves, with Antonio Conte initially pushing to sign Juventus’s Leonardo Bonucci or Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk. They sold the centre-back Nathan Aké to Bournemouth on Friday for £20m.

Rüdiger, who joined Roma from Stuttgart in 2015, on loan for the first season, was named in Germany’s squad for Euro 2016 but had to withdraw because of a serious knee injury. He is playing in the Confederations Cup, in which Germany face Chile in the final on Sunday.

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