Chelsea agree €38 million deal to sign German defender

EPL By: Uche Duru | 01/07/2017

Chelsea have reportedly agreed to sign the German defender who will complete his move to Stamford Bridge next week.

Jose Mourinho has firmed a deal to sign Antonio Rüdiger from AS Roma according to The Guardian. The defender will cost €33 million initially with another €5 million depending on his performance.

His club, AS Roma, rejected Chelsea's first bid of €35 million for the right-back and were holding out for €45 million. However, when The Blues came in with a bid totalling €38 million, they decided to sell him. 

According to Sky Sports, The German defender will have his medical early next week after which he will then complete the move and join the squad as they start their pre-season tour.

Chelsea have been trying to strengthen their squad for the 2017/18 season. Antonio Conte's main aim was to make the backline stronger.

The Premier League champions made bids for Juventus centre-back, Leonardo Bonucci and Southampton's Virgil Van Dijk as well. Both the bids were reportedly £60 million.