Chelsea rebel faces ‘imminent’ exit as transfer talks reach ‘very advanced’ stage

Christensen is one of three Chelsea centre-backs out of contract at the end of the season. Along with Antonio Rudiger and Cesar Azpilicueta, he is someone they would like to keep. However, in all three cases, they are encountering difficulties.

When it comes to Christensen, they are not happy with his wage demands. The Denmark international has impressed under Thomas Tuchel, but it is still debatable whether he would get into their strongest lineup on paper.

Indeed, Tuchel may generally prefer to use Thiago Silva – who has committed for next season – in between Azpilicueta and Rudiger. Therefore, Christensen isn’t necessarily someone they would be willing to put among their highest earners.

His contract situation has faced many twists and turns in recent months. At times, it has seemed like a renewal is close, but at others, doubts have been creeping in. Now January is here and he can sign a pre-contract agreement with foreign clubs, fears of his exit are only growing.

Barcelona have appeared to be his prime suitors. Due to their financial situation, they have been looking for free signings – such as summer recruits Eric Garcia and Memphis Depay.

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