Manchester City interested in €40m German defender but Inter first to open talks

Germany defender Antonio Rüdiger could be sacrificed by AS Roma this summer as they look to ease some financial worries, and the 24-year-old has recently been linked with a move to Manchester City.

Both the Mirror and ESPN reported back in March that Pep Guardiola had his eyes on Rüdiger, a tall and strong centre-back with good passing ability.

The links went quiet, like so many do, but today’s edition of Sport Bild in the player’s homeland again mentions Manchester City’s interest, listing them as one of several interested English clubs.

If City are serious about signing the former VfB Stuttgart man, who can also play either full-back position, then they need to make their move quickly, because according to Sport Bild, one of Roma’s local rivals are trying to snap him up.

Inter have already presented a contract to Rüdiger and are in talks with Roma over a deal, with a fee of around €40 million (£33.9 million) under discussion.

Quality centre-backs don’t come cheap these days and City could do worse at that price, but it is possible that Rüdiger is a back-up plan for other targets. Two proven Premier League stars, Virgil van Dijk of Southampton and Tottenham ace Toby Alderweireld, are currently being linked, while City’s interest in Juventus enforcer Leonardo Bonucci is no secret.

At least one centre-back is likely arrive at City this summer even if Guardiola has faith in Vincent Kompany to remain fit, but if it is to be Antonio Rüdiger, then the Blues must act quickly and outmuscle China-backed Inter.

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