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Chelsea have too many centre-backs at the club’s disposal at the moment, and the Blues needed to let go of at least one, before the close of the summer transfer window.
Antonio Rudiger and Fikayo Tomori were both linked with an exit from the club, but none made the move before transfer deadline day.
Rudiger is yet to feature for Chelsea this season, and the German international has only made a matchday squad just once this season.
The Germany international was to leave the club at least on loan during the summer transfer window, but a deal couldn’t be reached before deadline day.
A report from The Athletic claims Chelsea were looking to make money from loaning Rudiger, which made the deal not to go through.
According to the report, Chelsea were asking for a £5m loan fee plus 100 per cent cover of Rudiger’s £150,000 weekly wages.
A loan deal for Rudiger would have cost teams up to £12.5m to acquire his services for just a single season, which is why no team eventually made the move for him.