Done deal: Chelsea complete signing of defender as Rudiger replacement

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Chelsea have been heavily linked with Fenerbahce defender Attila Szalai over recent weeks as the Blues search for a replacement for Antonio Rudiger who is yet to extend his Chelsea contract which expires at the end of the season.

Hungary boss Marco Rossi has claimed that Chelsea have agreed a deal to sign the 23 year old Hungarian international ahead of the January transfer window.

Szalai only moved to Turkey in the winter transfer window of 2021, but is now set to move to Stamford Bridge in the winter of 2022.

When asked to picked out players in the Hungarian ranks that could make an impact in Serie A, Italian coach Rossi told Calciomercato via Goal: “It’s hard to name just one player, but right now I see very well Attila Szalai, who plays for Fenerbahce, but I think he is joining Chelsea.

“Clearly, he has been followed by important clubs in Spain, but apparently his move to Chelsea is a done deal. He would be a great player also for Italian football.”

It has been reported that the Blues will be parting with around £20 million ($26m) in order to get a deal over the line.

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