It was reportedly a key pledge of the failed Saudi Media bid to buy Chelsea that Antonio Rudiger’s contract extension would be prioritised. Even if the aforementioned bidders failed to reach the final shortlist, it is not too much of a stretch to suggest this task will take priority whenever a takeover happens.
Given the timeframe and imposed sanctions preventing the club from negotiating any new contracts, the time left on Rudiger’s contract could be just weeks when this takeover happens.
The German international is currently heading for the exit door, with all hope of a positive resolution being stalled by sanctions.
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How quickly future negotiations move once Roman Abramovich has been replaced is unknown. The current success of the first team can hopefully keep funds coming in if that money is gifted to new ownership, another unknown at the time of writing.
Going by the assumption once Raine completes the takeover process, sanctions are lifted and Chelsea can get back to more normal business, Thomas Tuchel’s current progression on the pitch can lead to more investment in the summer.
Particularly if the Blues are heading for a more self-sustainable model, the revenue coming into the club through prize money will prove invaluable. This season, looking at Chelsea’s progression in the UEFA Champions League demonstrates an avenue for income.
Winning the trophy with the big ears last year racked up an estimated value of £70m via The Mirror. This season’s estimates reported by Sporting News have Chelsea in eighth place for the teams that made it through to the last 16 this year with £31m made.
That is broken down by £12.8m for making the group stage, over £700k for group stage draws and £2m for wins. Chelsea ended up winning four of their six group stage games, earning £7.5m for reaching the knockout stages for the third season running.
After comfortably beating Lille over two legs, Chelsea will receive £9m for the quarter-finals, where they will face Real Madrid for the second year running.
Rudiger was signed from Roma in July 2017 for £34m and is currently rumoured to earn around £100,000 per week. In recent months, Rudiger has been reported to have rejected an offer worth £140,000 because he is seeking around £200,000 to commit his future in west London.
Chelsea’s new owners would be giving themselves a massive task to replace a major figure like Rudiger in their first transfer window, so securing his future will be one of the earliest problems to resolve. Hopefully, Tuchel’s genius can spark another semi-final appearance to increase the windfall from Champions League progress.