Andreas Christensen is reportedly close to agreeing a verbal deal with Barcelona and the Chelsea centre-back is set to leave Stamford Bridge on a free transfer at the end of the season.
Christensen has risen to prominence in the Chelsea squad since the arrival of Thomas Tuchel just over a year ago, but as speculation surrounds his future mounts, his playing opportunities have dwindled.
There had been hopes that a new deal could be agreed for the Denmark international but now it looks like Xavi is set to give him a try at Camp Nou.
Speaking on his time at Chelsea, Christensen hailed the impact Tuchel had on his game.
“In the end with Frank Lampard I struggled to get the playing time I wanted, but Thomas came and got to know me from Germany and I got the idea pretty early on. helped a lot,” he said ahead of the Carabao Cup final. last month via the mirror.
“I had the space to make the mistakes I made and keep playing, whereas at the start of my career I might have struggled to come back to the team.
“It helped me tremendously with my confidence and the team. It gave me and others a lot of space to allow them to make mistakes.
“It happens. We learn from them. He helped me a lot.”
While Antonio Rudiger and Cesar Azpilicueta are yet to agree new contract terms, Tuchel faces a major rebuilding job during the summer transfer window.
Roman Abramovich’s decision to put the club up for sale could also affect the chances of agreeing a new deal with the German. Barcelona remain confident of signing Azpilicueta as well as Christensen.
Transfer specialist Fabrizio Romano gave an update on Christensen, write on twitter : “Barcelona are working to complete the deal for Andreas Christensen on a five-year contract, further contacts are expected this week. The verbal agreement is almost ready – but nothing has been signed yet.
“Barca are still ‘cautious’ after what happened with Wijnaldum’s deal last year – work in progress.”