Antonio Conte is on the hunt for John Terry’s long-term replacement at Stamford Bridge and Rudiger, 24, will join the Premier League champions imminently, with the Blues agreeing a deal.
The Daily Mirror claims the Germany centre-back has now arrived in London to seal a £36million move ahead of the 2017/18 campaign.
Rudiger is set to undergo a medical at Chelsea before putting pen to paper on a contract made up of £31m plus £5m in add-ons.
Chelsea have also expressed a strong interest in Southampton star Virgil van Dijk this summer but the German arrives at Stamford Bridge as a significantly cheaper alternative.
It’s understood Juventus’ Leonardo Bonucci and Bayern Munich’s Jerome Boateng were also firmly on Conte’s radar.
When asked about his future after Germany’s Confederations Cup triumph, Rudiger responded: ‘It’s not about the future now, it’s now about enjoyment.
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‘I need to enjoy this moment and I’m enjoying it to the fullest.
‘The rest we will see in the coming weeks.’