Report: Clubs 'keeping tabs' on 25-year-old as Chelsea verbal agreement in jeopardy

Several top clubs are ready to pounce on Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen amid “some issues” regarding a verbal agreement between him and the club over a new contract, according to Fabrizio Romano.

For Chelsea, who currently sit top of the Premier League table, their main focus in the next eight months is keeping the core of key players in the team.

Four members of Thomas Tuchel’s current squad; Christensen, Antonio Rudiger, Cesar Azpilicueta, and Thiago Silva are all in the final year of their contract at Stamford Bridge.

While several others, including N’Golo Kante and Jorginho, have less than two years left in their contract.

Extending Rudiger and Christensen’s contracts, in particular, should be a priority, since they are most likely to attract potential offers from other clubs.

However, Chelsea have yet to close the deal with either of these two so far, according to Romano.

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Clubs now monitoring Christensen’s contract situation at Chelsea

“I keep saying that Rudiger would love to stay [at Chelsea],” the Italian transfer expert told The Here We Go Podcast about the defender’s recent interview.

“He loves Tuchel, the club, the fans, the atmosphere.

“But the problem at the moment is the economical proposal from Chelsea. He’s not happy with the proposal and wants an important contract.

“Christensen had a verbal agreement with Chelsea — it was almost done, but in the last few days there have been some issues.

“So, let’s see. Chelsea are still confident that Christensen will sign a new contract as soon as possible, but many clubs are keeping tabs on the situation.

“If the old verbal agreement collapse, some top clubs will be ready to jump in.”

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Romano further claimed that Chelsea also have more contract talks with several other players on their agenda, such as Kante, Azpilicueta, Jorginho, and Silva.

“So new contracts are a big topic for Chelsea,” he added.

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