In order to sign Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger, Tottenham emerged as shock contenders.
Spurs are in the center-back market, but they don’t want to pay Inter Milan their £55 m asking price for Milan Skriniar.
Rudiger has been involved with a number of clubs around Europe, including PSG and Barcelona, so far this season, having not played in any of the matchday squads of Frank Lampard.
And now, according to Sky Sports, Tottenham has shown interest in signing the 27-year-old German.
During Chelsea’s 2-0 victory at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last December, Rudiger claimed he heard monkey noises from a group of Spurs supporters, but no evidence was found to support his claims despite inquiries by both the North Londoners and the Metropolitan Police.
Lampard ‘s decision to shun Rudiger was recently challenged by former Arsenal defender Martin Keown, considering the club’s defensive woes.
Speaking about Rudiger’s future ahead of Chelsea’s Carabao Cup clash with Spurs tomorrow night, Lampard said: “I wouldn’t assume anything and I wouldn’t assume (anything about) Antonio or any players in the squad.
“We are not there until next Monday when the window shuts, so other than that, I would make no assumptions.”
Speaking after the incident, Rudiger said: “With the win it makes me feel a bit like, yes okay, but it makes me feel like it will always be like this. For me, in this case, racism won.”
“I think Rudiger is their best defender, and that is the long-time partnership [with Thiago Silva],” Keown told talkSPORT.
“But, it looks like Rudiger is going out the door!”