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Man Utd boost as Real Madrid 'end Rudiger transfer pursuit after Chelsea star's agent demands £17m signing-on fee'

MANCHESTER UNITED have received a major boost as Real Madrid have ended their interest in Chelsea star Antonio Rudiger, reports suggest.

That is according to ABC, who claim that Real were put off by Rudiger's agent who demanded a greedy €20million (£17m) signing-on fee.

Plus, Los Blancos believe they are covered at centre-back with David Alaba and Eder Militao, who is set to receive a contract extension that will tie him to the Santiago Bernabeu for another five years.

Therefore, manager Carlo Ancelotti would rather sign a younger defender if he is to make any additions at the back.

Recent reports from Germany have suggested that United are keeping tabs on Rudiger, whose contract at Chelsea runs out in June.

The Blues are understood to have tabled a new offer worth around £140,000-a-week to keep the Germany international at Stamford Bridge.

But that appears to have fallen on deaf ears in the 28-year-old's camp, who are demanding a larger salary.

This is a positive development for the Red Devils who could swoop for Rudiger in the near future.

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However, United will still be facing competition from Europe's biggest hitters.

Paris Saint-Germain have also been linked with the centre-back and have reportedly "put a lot of effort" into a potential transfer.

Bayern Munich are also keeping tabs and would love to bring him back to the Bundesliga.

Rudiger has been a mainstay at Chelsea this season as he has amassed a total of 25 appearances across all competitions.

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