BARCELONA are in competition with Bayern Munich in the race to snatch Andreas Christensen away from Chelsea in the summer.
The 25-year-old looks set to depart Stamford Bridge at the end of the season on a free transfer with it claimed he has no intention of extending his stay.
Christensen has been a key player under Thomas Tuchel since the German gaffer replaced Frank Lampard in West London last year.
The Denmark international has featured in 26 games in all competitions this term having forged a formidable partnership alongside Thiago Silva and Antonio Rudiger.
But despite his regular game time, it appears he is eyeing up a new adventure – though he will not link up with another Premier League side out of respect for Chelsea.
Spanish giants Barca are known to be keen on the centre-back, while Bayern are looking to bring him back to the Bundesliga following his loan spell at Borussia Monchengladbach between 2015-17.
According to Mundo Deportivo, the two teams are the most likely destinations for Christensen.
Though they state that it is the Blaugrana that are in pole position to secure his services.
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The news outlet even adds that Bayern are aware they are behind Barca in their quest to sign Christensen.
It has been said how negotiations between the player’s entourage and the LaLiga giants have intensified.
Should Bayern miss out on Christensen, Mundo claim that the Bavarian outfit could target his team-mate Rudiger, who is also approaching the end of his contract.
But if Christensen makes the move to the Nou Camp, he may be joined by team-mate Cesar Azpilicueta.
The versatile Spanish defender is another Blues ace that is set to depart on a free transfer in the summer.
Former Chelsea star Glen Johnson has slammed the club for allowing Christensen and Rudiger to run their contracts down.
He old bettingexpert: “Top centre-halves who can cope with the Premier League are not easy to find. So it’s madness that Christensen and Rudiger could both potentially leave on free transfers.
“It’s not easy to replace a centre-half to compete in a title race. That’s much trickier than the [Mo] Salah situation at Liverpool.
“Chelsea have got players who can create and score goals, but for players that can cope and defend in a top team in the Premier League, they’re harder to find than a creative player.
“Christensen could leave because he might put his foot down and say he wants to play every week somewhere else – and rightly so because he’s a good player, but he’s only getting older.
“He’s going to want to nail down a career somewhere. So he might want to leave. For Rudiger, if he wants to stay then they’ll want to keep him.”
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