Reports emanating from the English press claims that Chelsea have secured the signature of AS Roma centre-back Antonio Rudiger.
It was further reported that the Germany international representative flew to London over the weekend to finalize Rudiger deal with the Stamford Bridge outfit.
It though that a fee worth £34 million have been agreed by both clubs.
The Germany international however confirmed the news via his twitter handle when he wrote:
“The farewell is not easy for me because I really enjoyed playing for Roma with its supporters and I made a lot of friends in the team,” he wrote on Twitter.
“But when I heard of the offer of Chelsea I had to think about it and I realised that in life you never know if you’ll get a second chance.
“For me the Premier League is the most challenging league in the world and Chelsea with Antonio Conte and his style of defending will be the next step forward for me.”
The talented defender will be expected to displace either Gary Cahill or David Luiz in the heart of Chelsea’s defense.
The German star will wear number two jersey formerly worn by Serbian defender Branislav Ivanovic, who depart Chelsea for Zenit St Petersburg in February.
Cesar Azpilicueta has been the most reliable defender in the Blues squad for some years now and as such, we don’t expect Conte to bench him for Rudiger.
However, the 24-year-old star will be expected to arrive late at Chelsea’s pre-season tour training ground after helping his national team win the FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia.
Report also has it that Chelsea are making plans to sign Real Madrid forward Alvaro Morata after losing Romeru Lukaku to Manchester United.