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Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy is reportedly keeping tabs on the future of Antonio Rudiger. The Chelsea defender has yet to sign a contract extension at Stamford Bridge.

Spurs are on the lookout for central defensive reinforcements after allowing Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld to leave the club in the last two years.

And Germany international Rudiger has been a long-term target for the north London club, who tried to sign him from both Stuttgart and Roma prior to his move to Chelsea.

The 28-year-old was out of favour in west London under Frank Lampard, but became a mainstay in the Chelsea side that won last season’s Champions League under Thomas Tuchel.

Rudiger’s contract is up in the summer and it is believed that significant progress has yet to be made on an extension to his deal at the club.

And, should the defender’s contract run out at Chelsea, Levy is prepared to loosen the purse strings and put together an attractive package to tempt the player across London, according to 90min.

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Chelsea were heavily linked this summer with a player who could replace Rudiger in Tuchel’s system, should the German leave for Spurs.

And Sevilla sporting director Monchi even went as far as confirming that both the club and Jules Kounde were interested in the move.

“There was a club that he liked, which was Chelsea,” Monchi said. “The first and only formal offer did not satisfy our desires and was conditional on Chelsea selling a player.

“It was an important offer, considering the current world where there are so many hardships, but it did not meet our demands, conditions, or quantities.”

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Spurs have already strengthened their central defensive ranks this summer with the addition of Christian Romero from Atalanta in a deal that could ultimately be worth as much as £42million.

And Tottenham also brought in Bryan Gil from Sevilla, Pierluigi Gollini from Atalanta, Pape Sarr from Metz, and Barcelona full-back Emerson Royal.

But perhaps the most significant transfer activity of the window for Spurs saw five first-team players leave the club.

Moussa Sissoko and Erik Lamela were among those to depart, with the club having struggled for some time to get such squad players off the books.

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Spurs are top of the Premier League after the opening three rounds of matches thanks to three straight 1-0 wins to open Nuno Espirito Santo’s career as Tottenham boss.

The league leaders return to action after the international break against Crystal Palace in the early kick-off on Saturday.

But Spurs could be without Argentine internationals Giovani Lo Celso and Romero for a number of weeks, after the pair were caught up in a coronavirus deportation controversy during the recent South American qualifiers.

Brazilian health authorities stormed the pitch during the game between the continental rivals, saying that the Premier League players on show had not adhered to the country’s quarantine rules.





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