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Roma Wrap Up Rudiger Deal

The first domino of Roma's summer mercato fell yesterday as the club made Antonio Rudiger's loan move to the capital permanent. Will the German defender stay a fixture in the starting lineup though, or is he now next in line to be sold?

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Rudiger's transfer from VfB Stuttgart will cost Roma nine million euros, with an additional 500,000 euro payment to be made later on depending on 'specific sporting clauses' being met. The center-back, who can also play right back, is currently preparing for UEFA Euro 2016 with Germany after making the final squad cut.

The social media savvy defender will surely express his elation at his move being made permanent sometime soon, as he's fit into the team seamlessly this season. While he didn't have eye-popping numbers, he quickly became a starter upon his arrival, making 29 league appearances and averaging 1.5 tackles, 1.5 interceptions, and 3.2 clearances per match.

All in all, 9.5 million euros is a good deal for Rudiger, who has the potential to lock down a center-back spot for the next ten years, but he could also just as easily be sold to the highest bidder later this summer.

The Rumor

Young, quality center-backs aren't exactly a dime a dozen, but don't tell Walter Sabatini that. Since his arrival as director of football in 2011, Roma has been a sort of garden of Eden for center-backs, with the likes of Marquinhos, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, and Medhi Benatia enjoying productive seasons before moving on for oodles of cash. Rudiger could be next on that list, with Romanews reporting that he might be sold to Chelsea and replaced by Lyon's Samuel Umtiti in order to balance the books.

Another rumor, from Corriere Dello Sport, has Rudiger moving to PSG in part of an exchange to make left back Lucas Digne's loan move permanent. Either way, it seems the revolving door will continue at the center-back position for the foreseeable future.