Andreas Christensen ‘is very close to agreeing free transfer to Barcelona this summer… with deal for Chelsea defender set to be completed next week after Catalan giants submitted better contract than Bayern Munich’
- Andreas Christensen is out of contract at Chelsea at the end of the season
- Barcelona have been confident of winning race to sign Denmark international
- Fabrizio Romano now claims the deal is very close ahead of meeting next week
- Catalan giants have reportedly beaten Bayern Munich to defender’s signature
Andreas Christensen is reportedly ‘really close’ to agreeing a deal to join Barcelona this summer on a free transfer.
The Chelsea defender is out of contract in June and has failed to agree an extension at Stamford Bridge.
Sportsmail revealed earlier this week the Catalan giants were increasingly confident of winning the race to sign to sign the defender, who is is now free to sign a pre-contract agreement with a foreign club.
Andreas Christensen is reportedly ‘really close’ to agreeing a deal to join Barcelona
Xavi’s Barcelona have reportedly offered a better deal than Julian Nagelsmann’s Bayern Munich
The 25 year-old is understood to have indicated his willingness to move to the Nou Camp, with Barcelona having pursued the Denmark international since last summer.
And The Guardian journalist Fabrizio Romano has now claimed that while the Denmark international has turned down proposals from Premier League sides out of respect for the Blues, he is now set to move to LaLiga in the summer.
He claims Christensen, 25, has chosen Barcelona after they submitted a superior contract offer to Bayern Munich, the other club to show serious interest after it was announced Niklas Sule would join Borussia Dortmund on a free in June.
Romano also claims a meeting is scheduled to take place next week when the final details of the deal are expected to be completed.
Chelsea believed they were on the verge of tying Christensen down on an extended deal last summer but negotiations broke down following a change in the Danish defender’s demands.
With the situation remaining unresolved, head coach Thomas Tuchel said in November: ‘It’s on Andreas to act how he acts on the pitch off the pitch and walk the talk.
‘He tells us he loves Chelsea, that he wants to stay and be a big part, because he is a big part of a big club. I think he is the perfect fit, he is not done yet here, his career here is not finished.’
Cesar Azpilicueta (left) and Antonio Rudiger (right) are also out of contract this summer
Tuchel also admitted this week he fears Roman Abramovich’s sale of club could have an impact on negotiations with players who are out of contract in the summer.
Barcelona are also keen on Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta while Antonio Rudiger’s future is unresolved with his contract up this summer too.
‘The bottom line is maybe we can’t help it – it is what it is,’ Tuchel said. ‘You never know maybe it has a positive effect on the negotiations or maybe it has a negative effect.
‘We cannot predict and I would like not to predict on scenarios because you just lose focus, but everyone has a different situation and feels different about it (the sale).
‘I hope for the best outcome still, I think we have something to offer still. Chelsea are a strong club and will stay a strong club.
‘Our owner decided to sell the club but he sells a strong, solid, organised club at the highest level.’
Brighton’s Adam Webster has been added to the list of centre-backs Chelsea are monitoring ahead of the potential summer restructuring of their defence.