Report: One of Chelsea's lowest-earning players demands new contract worth £8.4m-a-year
Bayern Munich bosses had a meeting with Andreas Christensen’s representatives in December to express their interest in the Chelsea defender, according to German outlet Sport1.
Three Chelsea defenders are currently in the final months of their contract with the club, including Christensen and Antonio Rudiger.
Interestingly, instead of Rudiger, a Germany international, Bayern are reportedly monitoring Christensen as a potential replacement for Niklas Sule who will also be a free agent at the end of the season.
Sport1 claims that the Bundesliga champions were in contact with Christensen’s representatives last month.
As it stands, the report added, the Denmark international has not ruled out extending his Chelsea contract, but he is also looking for a pay rise.
He is reportedly among the lowest earners in the current Chelsea squad with a pre-tax weekly salary of €100,000 (or roughly £84,000).
The report further added that the 25-year-old wants to double his salary which would see him earn almost €10million-a-year (£8.4 million).
To be fair, it is quite common for free agents to ask for a significant pay rise. After all, the new club would still save a lot of money by not having to pay any transfer fee.
This is quite similar to Rudiger’s reported situation, in which Chelsea might be struggling to compete with other clubs, who could be willing to pay huge signing-on fees, in terms of offers.
Unlike Rudiger, though, Christensen has not really been able to cement his place in Tuchel’s starting line-up, although he is still being a valuable backup option.
Therefore, out of the two, Chelsea are more likely to agree to Rudiger’s demands.