Antonio Rudiger is on the brink of joining Chelsea (Picture: Getty)

Roma defender Antonio Rudiger is on the cusp of completing a transfer move to Chelsea, according to reports.

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.

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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.

Antonio Conte has been keeping close tabs on the Roma defender (Picture: Getty)

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.’

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