Roma defender Antonio Rudiger set for Chelsea medical

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Chelsea are on the verge of their first major signing of the transfer window with the acquisition of Roma defender Antonio Rudiger.

The 24-year-old will join the defending Premier League champions for €33 million (£29 million) + bonuses after two seasons in Serie A.

Antonio Rudiger
Antonio Rudiger joined Roma from Stuttgart in 2015, initially on loan, before making the move permanent in 2016. He is already an established German international, holding 16 caps to his name, and was unfortunate to miss out on the 2016 European Championships following an ACL tear in a training session prior to the tournament

Antonio Rudiger grew into a key player for Roma, making 72 appearances and scoring twice in his time at the club, showing great versatility by playing in both centre-half and full-back positions.

His time in Italy also saw him debut in the UEFA Champions League, a competition which he and his new club will return to in the upcoming season.

Germany’s Confederations Cup Final with Chile, which Antonio Rudiger will likely play a part in, means that the deal cannot be completed until the tournament is over.

He is expected to travel to London to complete his medical on either Tuesday or Wednesday.

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