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Barcelona set to make surprise move for Chelsea defender

21-year-old Dane has impressed many since he ousted David Luiz from the starting XI at Stamford Bridge

BARCELONA are reportedly lining up a bid for Chelsea centre-half Andreas Christensen.

The Catalan club are continuing their search for a top-class centre-half, and have earmarked the Dane as a potential signing.

Andreas Christensen has been in sparkling form for Chelsea this season

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Andreas Christensen has been in sparkling form for Chelsea this season

The Sunday Mirror reports that Barca are “long-term admirers” of the 21-year-old defender, and have been “keeping tabs on him” ever since he ousted David Luiz in the Chelsea starting XI.


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Christensen has even been preferred to England stalwart Gary Cahill by Blues boss Antonio Conte at times this season.

And his fine form has alerted the decision-makers at Stamford Bridge into considering a new contract offer.

The Dane’s current deal expires in 2020, but some impressive performances this season have pushed the Blues into action.

The Danish centre-half has even ousted the likes of David Luiz and Gary Cahill this season

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The Danish centre-half has even ousted the likes of David Luiz and Gary Cahill this season

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is increasingly reliant on the up-and-coming talent Andreas Christensen

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is increasingly reliant on the up-and-coming talent Andreas Christensen

The Evening Standard reports how Chelsea “want to rewards him for his fine performances with improved terms before he joins up with Denmark for the World Cup next summer”.

Christensen joined the West London outfit in February 2012 from Brondby, and was earmarked early on to be a potential star of the future.

He spent the previous two season on loan at German club Borussia Monchengladbach.

Christensen has started 16 games in all competitions for boss Antonio Conte, and has been a major plus in what has proved a stop-start season so far.

And former Chelsea man Eddie Newton, who now works as their loan technical coach, believes he is the “next John Terry”.

Speaking to Chelsea TV Newton said: “Andreas is a player that we can definitely have here for the next 10 years.

“He is another John Terry for me, and has that same kind of stature because he has got that ability.”