It has been known for a few weeks that Antonio Rudiger is set to join Real Madrid, but it wasn’t until today that we received confirmation from the most reliable sources.
Transfer gurus Fabrizio Romano and David Ornstein have just confirmed it as a done deal, citing “club sources” and revealing some details about the deal.
As is customary in Spain, there is a release clause, which in this case is set at a prohibitively high €400 million.
That’s deliberately set at an unpayable amount but also serves as a frustrating reminder to Chelsea fans of the fast amount of money they’re missing out on by letting the Germany international walk away for free rather than selling him.
The announcement will be made at the end of the season, following Real Madrid’s Champions League final against Liverpool.