Chelsea breakthrough close, with only ‘final clauses’ remaining in vital deal

Date published: Thursday 21st October 2021 4:45 - Steve Pearson


Chelsea are on the verge of officially announcing a critical deal in defence after a wholly positive update from trusted transfer guru, Fabrizio Romano.

The key to Thomas Tuchel’s success at Stamford Bridge has been their rock solid defence. Upon shifting to a five-man back-line, Chelsea have transformed themselves into an attacker’s worst nightmare.

With a plethora of all-action midfielders shielding the defence and Edouard Mendy excelling, the Blues are arguably English football’s hardest team to beat.

The likes of Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen have shone under Tuchel. However, all three are in the final years of their contracts and all recently emerged on Barcelona’s radar.

Rudiger is attracting widespread interest from all across the continent. Of the three, he appears the likeliest to depart.

That would increase the importance of tying Christensen and Azpilicueta down to fresh terms. And per Romano, Christensen’s new contract is just a ‘matter of time’.

Romano tweeted ‘Chelsea are planning to complete everything soon’ regarding the Dane’s extension.

A verbal agreement has reportedly been in place for several weeks. Furthermore, only the ‘final clauses’ are left to be negotiated.

Romano claimed the news will be officially announced once the final touches are completed.

With Tuchel rotating more than any other Premier League manager this term, Christensen’s importance to the team has soared.

So it comes as positive news for Blues fans to see Romano conclude his tweet by saying Christensen ‘always wanted to stay.’

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Newcastle battling Chelsea for Serie A winner

Meanwhile, Newcastle United will rival the likes of Chelsea and Liverpool for a highly-rated Serie A star, according to reports in Italy.

Tuttosport (via Sport Witness) write that Inter Milan star Marcelo Brozovic is being eyed up.

The Croatian made 42 appearances last season as Inter ended their wait for a Serie A title. He is a battle-hardened midfielder who is also versatile – he can operate defensively or as a central attacking midfielder.

Brozovic’s contract wrangle with Inter makes a transfer likely. He wants €6.5m per year to sign an extension, but the Italian giants are only offering €5m. Tuttosport claim that an agreement is ‘a long way off’ as things stand.

Newcastle are aware of the struggles and have made their move. The Magpies have reportedly enquired over Brozovic’s availability in January.

The winter window will be Inter’s last chance to make any money on the 28-year-old as his current terms expire in June of next year.

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