Chelsea dealt blow as German centre-back agrees free transfer to Borussia Dortmund

Chelsea have been dealt a blow in the recruitment department as reports suggest that German centre-back Niklas Sule has agreed to join Borussia Dortmund on a free transfer come the end of the season.

Sule was linked with a move to Stamford Bridge come the end of his contract in Munich, which will bring a five-year spell with the German champions to a close.

However, it is Dortmund that seem to have acquired his services, according to a pair of reports from both Kicker and Bild, usually reliable options in Germany.

Players are renowned for making free transfers in the other direction (Robert Lewandowski, Mario Gotze and Mats Hummels immediately spring to mind), while there must also have been more lucrative options in the Premier League for the 26-year-old.

What next for Chelsea’s own German?

Chelsea are having some trouble with their own German defender, with Antonio Rudiger set to depart on a free come the end of the season on current form.

Recent attempts to tie him down to a new deal in west London have failed, despite offering 200k per week to the German defender, who is among one of the first names on Thomas Tuchel’s teamsheet.

As per the reliable Sami Mokbel:

‘Rudiger knows he can earn as much as £400,000-per-week – inclusive of signing on fees and bonuses – if he leaves Chelsea on a Bosman transfer.’

This leaves Chelsea in a weak bargaining position, and could see them lose their star defender for nothing come the end of the season.

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2 Liverpool FC 22 39 48
3 Chelsea FC 24 30 47
4 Manchester United 22 6 38
5 West Ham United 23 10 37
6 Arsenal FC 21 8 36
7 Tottenham Hotspur 20 2 36
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 21 3 34
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 22 0 30
10 Leicester City 20 -3 26
11 Aston Villa 21 -4 26
12 Southampton FC 22 -8 25
13 Crystal Palace 22 -3 24
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15 Leeds United 21 -16 22
16 Everton FC 20 -11 19
17 Norwich City 22 -32 16
18 Watford FC 21 -17 15
19 Newcastle United 21 -22 15
20 Burnley FC 19 -11 13
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Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 16
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 10
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 8
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 8
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 8
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 8
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 8
Raphinha Leeds United 8
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 8
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 7
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 7
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 7
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 7
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 7
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