Sorting out Antonio Rudiger's contract situation is a task that the Chelsea board faces this season. The centre-back's current deal expires at the end of this season.
Speaking on the London is Blue podcast, reliable journalist Matt Law said: "Chelsea have offered him around £140,000 a week which is a good increase on what he’s on.
"Let’s face it, it’s pretty much an opening offer… what you get will probably be above what the opening offer is. There's a real market right now for players to become free transfers."
Rudiger reportedly wants a good wage increase after his performances under Tuchel. Should he choose not to extend his deal, the centre-back can negotiate a pre-contract with a foreign club in January.
'I think Toni feels very good at Chelsea': Tuchel speaks out on Rudiger's contract uncertainty
"I hope that we find the solution but it’s not only about coaches and players and what we wish for," Thomas Tuchel told a press conference about Antonio Rudiger’s contract situation.
"In the moment it is between the club, the player and the agent. We hope we can find a solution, because he is playing some excellent football for us.
"He’s very calm, very focused and none of this is a distraction for him. Sometimes these things need a little bit of time but there is no news on this from my side. I think Toni feels very good at Chelsea.
"It’s well deserved [the credit he is getting] because he always delivers when he plays. He feels the love from the supporters and he’s at a big club in Europe, playing in one of the best leagues and whatever happens will happen.
"I am relaxed about it and as I said earlier, it is between the club and the player’s representatives to find the solutions."
As it stands, Rudiger's contract with Chelsea expires next year, with PSG and Real Madrid reportedly interested in bringing him in as a free agent.
The centre-back is understood to be willing to take his time before making the call, and that time is not on Chelsea's side: since January: Rudiger will be able to talk freely with foreign clubs and even to sign a pre-contract agreement.
'One of the world's finest', 'Decidedly average': Chelsea fans debate potential new deal for Rudiger
Antonio Rudiger has been a rock since Thomas Tuchel's arrival, a massive turnaround considering that he was tipped to leave before the German came.
Now, with his contract nearing an end and a free transfer a possibility next year, the centre-back is in negotiations with the club over a new deal.
Chelsea fan Blue_Footy on Twitter made the argument for a new contract saying, "I don't know what Rudiger is asking for but he has grown into one of the world's finest.
"Now we have to pay the price for his growth and at 28 years, we can afford to give him a new 4-year deal. I think he deserves to earn double of his current wage."
The replies didn't all agree, with user Baku Brian arguing: "Do you want to be paying him 180k week when we sack Tuchel in 18 months and we go to a 2 back and Rudiger is decidedly average again?
"There’s two valid sides to this."
Another fan, MarvtheGreatest, stepped in, saying: "Except he was never average, he was good for Conte and even with Sarri we did not concede a lot.
"I would definitely give him the deal I’ve rated Rudiger from day 1, even with Frank we leaked goals when he didn’t play, AC still isn’t as good imo but in this style he’s awesome."
Rudiger's importance to the side is not at debate here, but there do seems to be valid arguments regarding it.