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Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Bruno Fernandes Man United contract decision sends Chelsea clear warning amid £29m battle

  Within all of the debates surrounding the contract situation of Antonio Rudiger between Chelsea fans, a significant point may have bee...


Within all of the debates surrounding the contract situation of Antonio Rudiger between Chelsea fans, a significant point may have been missed out when referring to an analysis of Mohamed Salah's similarly uncertain future at Anfield. Jamie Carragher on Sky Sports was asked to give his verdict on Salah's continuing contract saga, responding by pinpointing his value:

"I would want this done as quickly as possible, that's not a case of just giving a player what he wants, but you can't forget the price that Liverpool signed Salah for. "It's not like they went and spent £100m on Mo Salah. They did a brilliant deal, which is what Liverpool are great at.
"The money they've spent on him in terms of transfer fee and wages have been a snip compared to what Liverpool have had."

This very sharply relates to Rudiger , ironically signed from Roma like Salah for £29m in July 2017 under Antonio Conte. From a summer transfer window that most Chelsea fans would rather be wiped from history, the German defender has proved to be the one gem out of that criticised window. TransferMarkt has the German valued at around £31m, probably justified by his short contract at Chelsea, which ends in the summer. But many Chelsea fans would argue that value should be much higher given his importance to Thomas Tuchel.

On Monday, The Athletic reported that Bruno Fernandes talks over a new deal had been temporarily shelved after the 27-year-old and his representatives turned down an offer in late autumn from Manchester United. Not only does the report refer to Fernandes's need for more clarity over the club's future plans but also the desire to receive parity to other United stars after singing for an initial wage of around £50,000 two years ago. Both Salah and Fernandes have become vital figures for their clubs, players that change games, lead their teams to greater heights and seem to only increase in value.

Rudiger can be looked upon similarly, not only in his desire to boost his contract given his importance to the club after an incredible 2021 but the challenge for Chelsea of trying to find a replacement who can provide a similar impact. Rudiger's initial £29m fee now looks like one of the rare gems of Chelsea's recent transfer business, with many players arriving for larger fees and failing to live up to expectations.

 The value Carragher speaks about is something Liverpool knows they will struggle to replicate, especially after Michael Edwards, the respected sporting director who argued for Salah's signing over Julian Brandt in 2017, departs Anfield. Even with potential targets, Chelsea will look towards, finding players of Rudiger's unique skillset will be very difficult next summer.

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