Real Madrid close as Rudiger leaves Chelsea

Antonio Rudiger approaches Chelsea's departure with reports that Madrid will step up talks this week. Transfer Talk has the latest.

USA About: Chelsea Publish: 12/20/2021 Edit: 12/20/2021 Author: Gardener

ChelseaThe summer transfer window was unlike any other. Check out all the major deals and see how we rated the biggest signings. And just because the window is closed until January doesn't mean the rumors are getting stuck. Antonio Rüdiger is approaching the Stamford Bridge exit with reports that Real Madrid will step up talks and approve the 28-year-old center-back's signing over the next few weeks. According to Sport Italia, which writes that the LaLiga club are preparing a pre-contractual agreement that will result in the German international being put on paper in the January transfer window before the move becomes official at the end of the season when his contract expires. Chelsea have been keen to resolve Rüdiger's precarious contract position for the last few months but with the terms not being agreed it now looks like he will be leaving London after over three years in the Premier League. - ESPN FC 100: Ranking of the world's best players by position 11/9 GMT: ICYMI - Retired Real Madrid and Brazil striker Ronaldo has acquired a controlling stake in his former club Cruzeiro, the player and club announced on Saturday. Ronaldo, who played for Cruzeiro as a teenager in the early 1990s before becoming one of the most successful center-forwards in football history, made the deal with the help of Brazilian investment bank XP. The transaction, which was conducted through Ronaldo's Tara Sports Company and is still tied to what the bank calls "a set of conditions", calls for the 45-year-old to earn 400 million reais ($ 70 million) in Belo Horizonte's club has been investing in Brazil's second division for two years. "I am so happy to have completed this operation," said Ronaldo on a video posted by the President of Cruzeiro, adding, while holding one of the club's blue jerseys, that he "wants to return Cruzeiro and take it there where they deserve ". 08:51 GMT: Flamengo Vice President Marcos Braz has confirmed that Benfica manager Jorge Jesus is a "natural option" to fill the vacant Flamengo coaching position. Flamengo sacked Renato Gaucho on November 30th after the club lost to Brazilian rivals Palmeiras in the Copa Libertadores final. Braz and other Flamengo club executives have traveled to Portugal to hold meetings with several candidates, including Jorge Jesus. Jorge Jesus returned to Benfica in the summer of 2020 after a successful stint at Flamengo. Under the Portuguese tactician, Flamengo won the Brazilian first division title, the Copa Libertadores and the Rio de Janeiro national championship in his 14-month tenure. "I have a personal relationship with Jorge and I like him a lot," Braz said after arriving in Lisbon Reporters: "When I came here in 2019, he believed in me and the athletic project I was presenting to him has put. I've kept the promises I made to him and Jorge will always be a natural option despite the contract. "The chances that Jorge Jesus will return to Flamengo next year are slim, with the 67-year-old at Benfica until June 2023 Benfica have qualified for the last 16 of the Champions League, where they face Ajax in February 08.30 GMT: PSG sporting director Leonardo believes his team will have a chance beyond next summer to become "the best player in the world" Real Madrid target Kylian Mbappe will be free to negotiate with another club over the next few weeks as his contract with PSG expires at the end of the season amid attempts by the French club to get the 22-year-old to sign a new deal "It's a very special situation because we're talking about the best player in the world who loses his contract," said Leonardo to Europe 1. When asked if the situation surrounding Mbappe's contract affects the French international, Leonardo said: "Kylian is so comfortable with the role of the best player in the world that nothing around him has a real impact on his performance, has his life and mood. West Ham chief David Moyes is ready to start talks with Jonathan David on Ekrem Konur. The 21-year-old forward has been on the radar of a number of clubs following his strong form for Lille over the past two seasons and West Ham are now poised to move ahead with negotiations on a possible deal in January, which has 14 goals in 20 startups this season There are fears in San Siro that Barcelona could lure the 25-year-old Onana to Camp Nou, despite positive talks in recent months, if his contract expires and the Fiorentina goalkeeper is on their shortlist. Dragowski, 24, has only played five Serie A games this season. - Youcef Belaili will continue to be offered to Ligue 1 clubs, according to Foot Mercato. The 29-year-old midfielder has reportedly been rejected by Marseille, Lyon and Stade Rennais but is currently in negotiations with Montpellier. The Algerian international recently left Qatar SC to join Europe, although he may have to lower his salary claims to get a deal. - TalkSPORT writes that Newcastle United will sign Kieran Trippier, making him their highest paid player in a £ 25m deal. The 31-year-old right-back has been linked with a return to England throughout the season with Manchester United interested in his signature as well, but now it looks like he's headed to St James' Park, with reports that the move is now "almost as good as finished". He played 13 times for Atletico Madrid this season. - Nicolo Schira writes that Amin Younes will leave Eintracht Frankfurt in January. The 28-year-old attacking midfielder has yet to start one game this season after making just one substitute appearance in August. And despite rumors of a return to Napoli, Genoa is said to have started loan negotiations with the option to make the move permanent.

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