The rumour mill has been doing the rounds for quite a few weeks now about Andreas Christensen leaving for Barcelona.
Here’s what we know so far.
Christensen and his agent’s stance:
“If his situation doesn’t change around Christmas, we’ll obviously schedule a chat with Chelsea and say, “Okay, what can we do for Andreas? Can We move him?’” his father and agent, Sten, said on Danish television. “I’m of the conviction that we’ll attempt to move Andreas in the winter time [if he’s not playing]. Around Christmas, something else needs to happen.”
Barcelona boss Valverde on needing a new centre-back:
“We want four centre-backs who can play,” he told a news conference ahead of last Sunday’s trip to Levante. “Umtiti could recover and that would be great news for us and would mean that we would have four centre-backs for the rest of the season, although three are left-footed.”
“We will know more about what happens with him in a little while, but we are Barcelona and want to have a team who can respond. As I said, we’ll see what happens but I’m happy to manage with what I have.”
The latest update:
It would seem that Barcelona’s requirements are rather short-term and Chelsea will also be reluctant to lose one of their top future stars. Hence it is being reported that a possible loan deal is being worked out by the two clubs that would see every party satisfied with this situation.