Chelsea star fancied by Spanish giant to fill potential vacancy next summer

Date published: Friday 29th October 2021 7:20 - Dan Burnham

Chelsea trio Andreas Christensen, Mason Mount and Marcus Alonso celebrate against Crystal Palace, August 2021

A Chelsea star is being targeted by a Spanish giant to fill a potential vacancy which could arise next summer, a report has claimed.

Their Champions League success of last season has helped to rise the stock of some of the Blues’ players. At present, the club are trying to keep ahold of some of those impressive performers whose positions are vulnerable.

This is proving to be a tricky task. Discussions with the representatives of defender Andreas Christensen have been particularly difficult.

And Atletico Madrid are waiting in the wings for if the Danish international does not sign a new deal before his current one expires at the end of the season.

That’s according to Fichajes. They released a report saying Atletico are looking at ‘zero-cost’ options to improve their squad.

The most liked potential free agent on their list is said to be Christensen, 25.

That’s in part because Diego Simeone could lose half of his centre-backs next summer.

Brazilian Felipe will be at the end of his deal next summer. And ex-Man City defender Stefan Savic may also be on his way out of the Wanda Metropolitano.

That would leave just Jose Gimenez and Mario Hermoso in the ranks of conventional options for the middle of defence.


Christensen may be the man they want, but he is looking likely to remain a Chelsea player.

Despite the recent stall in talks, Football Insider have reported that they have quickly resumed and there’s confidence that he will commit to a new, long-term contract.

In fact, all parties believe they can reach a “breakthrough”. Thus, Atletico would be left with City target Denis Zakaria and Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette on their list.

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Meanwhile, Thomas Tuchel says it is a “pure joy” to coach Mateo Kovacic after revealing the extent to which he can rely on the Chelsea midfielder.

Kovacic has played 32 times for Chelsea since Tuchel became their head coach in January.

The Croatia international is proving his importance in what is now his fourth season at Stamford Bridge.

However, he will be unavailable for Chelsea’s game against Newcastle at the weekend, which led Tuchel to pour his heart out for the 27-year-old…

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