January can be a rather testing time for football clubs around the world.

Of course, 2022 is a little bit more difficult than some other years gone by as this year teams will need to contend with the Africa Cup of Nations, thus losing some of their best players for a period of time. Nonetheless, it is a great competition to watch and place a bet on when using the best offers found available at Free Bets UK.

However, January is notoriously difficult due to the challenges that the transfer window presents, as teams will look to try and snap up the best players of other clubs whilst it also means that a number of individuals will be able to speak to other clubs as they will have just six months left on their contract.

Indeed, it would seem that Chelsea could be in a sticky situation this winter, as one of their best players has become the subject of a huge amount of interest from some of Europe’s best clubs.

According to a report by Sky Sports News, it is claimed that Antonio Rudiger’s representatives have already opened talks with Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich and Juventus over a potential switch in the summer on a pre-contract agreement.

This would be a disastrous blow for Chelsea, as the defender has been one of the stand out players under Thomas Tuchel, whilst they would not be able to receive a transfer fee should the Germany international decide it was time to leave Stamford Bridge.

The 28-year-old is understood to have stalled on a new deal in west London due to financial reasons, and it is claimed that he could become the highest-paid defender in world football if he were to leave and go elsewhere.

Manchester United are also said to be interested with Ralf Rangnick an admirer of Rudiger, but they would not be able to do anything at this moment if they want to try and sign him on a free transfer.

Chelsea are keen to tie their defender down to a new deal, though, and keep him at the club, whilst the player’s representatives have refused to rule out the possibility of that happening.

However, it would appear the Blues would need to provide him with the figure that he wants in regard to wages.