Soon-to-be free agent and Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen is hoping to confirm his switch to Barcelona soon.
According to BT Sport (h/t 90 min), Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen is hoping to complete his switch to Barcelona in the summer transfer window. It will bring his ten-year association with the Blues to an end.
The Danish international joined the London giants from Brondby in 2012 and spent his first season at Stamford Bridge in their youth side. Christensen gradually rose through the ranks and has in recent years emerged as an important first-team player for Chelsea.
Christensen has made 161 appearances for the west Londoners and was a key part of Thomas Tuchel’s side that won the UEFA Champions League in 2020/21. His unwillingness to commit to Chelsea forced the Chelsea boss to sideline him for a part of the 2021/22 season, and the 26-year-old has played his last game for the club.
Christensen looked set to extend his stay at Stamford Bridge before Barcelona came calling. With the Dane set to become a free agent this summer, Chelsea already appear to have made peace with the defender wanting out.
Christensen has now spoken out about a potential switch to Camp Nou and has hinted that it will happen soon. While the Barcelona transfer might be edging closer, there appear to be certain kinks that need to be ironed out. The Chelsea defender went on to add that these concerns are beyond his purview and, hopefully, things will fall into place.
“I have known what I was going to do for a while. I’m just waiting for the right time. Unfortunately, it’s not entirely up to me. There are also other things that need to fall into place.”
A major issue could be Barcelona’s financial turmoil. The Catalans are seeking €500 million to save themselves, but Christensen remains keen on moving to the Nou Camp. Barcelona might not be the juggernaut of old but remain one of the most prestigious clubs in world football.
“Whether they have had their problems or not, it is still one of the biggest clubs for a player to get to.”
Christensen, for all his traits, is a step below the elite level of player a club such as Barcelona go for. Unfortunately given their financial crisis, it makes sense to move for free agents. For Christensen, it is once in a lifetime opportunity to don the famous Catalan colours after leaving Chelsea.