Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen is reportedly a target for Serie A giants Inter Milan, who are looking to add the Danish international to their squad.
According to Calciomercato, Inter Milan are looking to add to their options in central defence, be it in January or June in the coming year. And Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen is reportedly heading the shortlist of players that the Nerazzurri seem to be interested in.
The report states that while Inter Milan could pounce on the opportunity to sign a young and talented centre-back in January, they can also wait till the end of the season to recruit. And in case they do end up waiting, Andreas Christensen is their prime target for the summer transfer window.
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Andreas Christensen is one of the most natural ball-playing central defenders to emerge in recent times. Tall and elegant on the ball, the player is almost a mixed breed – a throwback to the old era of towering defenders combined with the modern age technique-savvy ones.
While he has been out on loan for most of his Chelsea career, the 2017-18 campaign has been a refreshing change, with the player being regularly involved in the first-team setup under Antonio Conte as part of the three-man backline at Stamford Bridge.
And he has impressed as well, with the fans echoing the sentiment of many pundits to give Christensen a more prominent and regular role in the back three. 11 appearances already notched up, there are signs of chances coming at Christensen’s pedestal and of growing stature within the camp as well.
However, the 21-year-old will not be too happy with just 11 appearances in all competitions so far, especially when you consider the fact that the Dane completed a two-year loan spell playing almost every possible game for Borussia Monchengladbach.
Inter Milan on the other hand, seem to have finally had a renaissance after a few years of poor finishes. The historic club is near the top of the pile in Serie A, sitting at second place, two points behind Napoli.
While their local rivals AC Milan spent rather lavishly during the summer transfer window, Inter Milan reinforced quietly and in smart fashion, especially in central defence. Juan Jesus was the only high-profile departure in the position and was replaced by Udinese’s Martin Skriniar.
The move may have raised eyebrows but Skriniar has proven the critics wrong with his displays so far, attracting even Barcelona with his performances for Inter. Spalletti may now be eyeing a more able replacement for Miranda, who at 33, does not provide the same fluidity as a younger centre-back.
Alternatively, with Skriniar linked to Barcelona, the manager may just be looking to identify targets and potential replacements. Christensen though, is unlikely to pay much heed to Inter Milan’s call, with the club already stacked in the department as far as young gems go.
Zinho Vanheusden and Alessandro Bastoni are already waiting in the wings and Christensen might just find a repeat of Chelsea at San Siro. Instead, he would much rather prefer staying put at Chelsea, where he is loved by the fans and can look to take over from Gary Cahill gradually as a permanent part of the back three.