On the latest video for his YouTube channel, Football.london reporter Alasdair Gold has been discussing the latest goings-on at Tottenham Hotspur, with a focus on some of the transfer business that could be concluded before the deadline.
Whilst the former Roma man was a regular for Frank Lampard’s side last season, making 20 appearances in the Premier League, he has failed to make a single appearance so far this season, suggesting that he is not an integral part of Lampard’s plans at Stamford Bridge.
After discussing potential deals for Skriniar and Juventus’ Merih Demiral, here’s what Gold had to say about Spurs’ interest in Rudiger during the video:
“Just to complete the hat-trick of really difficult defender deals to do, is Antonio Rudiger. Some people are not too happy with the potential of that signing, but I understand that there is an interest there in the 27-year-old German.
“Obviously, there’s a lot of history with Tottenham and Rudiger in recent months. How often do Chelsea and Tottenham do deals together? I think I said this about [Olivier] Giroud in the past – why would you look to strengthen a rival in any way?
“Another player who can play on the left, Rudiger I think played on the left of a back-three under Conte during his era, throughout the entire [2016/17] season, he very much is comfortable on the left-hand side.”
Gold suggests that while some Spurs fans may not be too happy with the signing of Rudiger, perhaps alluding to the German’s claim that he was racially abused during their 2-0 win at The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last season, of which there was reported to be ‘no evidence’ of in a later investigation (per BBC), although that is not to say that the centre-back made it up.
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He also feels that it is unlikely that Chelsea would want to strengthen Spurs’ first team, as they will surely both have aspirations of a top-four spot this season, so perhaps this will be a deal that will prove too difficult to do before tonight’s deadline.