REAL MADRID are confident they will land Chelsea star Antonio Rudiger after he lowered his wage demands.
Rudiger looks set to leave Stamford Bridge in June as a free agent when his deal expires as a contract renewal appears highly unlikely.
The centre-back has attracted immense interest from Europe’s top bidders, including Real who are looking to strengthen at the back.
However, Los Blancos have been struggling to seal a deal with the Germany international’s representatives due to his financial demands.
But according to Marca, the 29-year-old has decided to accept something more in line with the wage bill at the Santiago Bernabeu.
That works as a major boost for Real, who could win the bidding war against the likes of Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United and Juventus.
Manager Carlo Ancelotti is very keen on Rudiger as he believes he would add even more quality to his backline.
Ancelotti is happy with David Alaba, Eder Militao and Nacho but believes the German would make his defence rock-solid.
That would also allow Alaba to play at left-back, a position that has been experiencing an injury hell with Ferland Mendy and Marcelo being sidelined.
Rudiger joined Chelsea from Roma in 2017 and has since been established as a key player at Stamford Bridge.
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The defender has amassed a total of 12 goals and seven assists in 196 matches.
He continues to be very important under manager Thomas Tuchel with 47 appearances across all competitions this season.