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Barcelona Showing Interest In This Chelsea Centre-Back: Good Signing For Xavi?

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In a recent tweet, renowned journalist Fabrizio Romano mentioned that Barcelona are showing interest in Chelsea centre-back Andreas Christensen. It is understood that the Catalan giants are eyeing a move to land the Danish defensive ace when his contract at Stamford Bridge runs out at the end of this campaign.

Christensen’s Growing Influence At Stamford Bridge

Christensen is having a solid season at the West London club after producing a handful of dominant displays at the heart of Chelsea’s defence. The 25-year-old has netted two goals and grabbed one assist in 21 matches for the Blues this season across various competitions.

The Denmark international has been a dominant presence on the defensive end of the field as he is averaging 0.5 tackles, 1.8 interceptions and 2.8 clearances per game in Premier League football. He has even been tidy when distributing the ball from the back after completing 88.1% of his attempted passes in the English top tier (stats via whoscored).

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LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 08: Andreas Christensen of Chelsea in action during the Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Chelsea and Chesterfield at Stamford Bridge on January 08, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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Will Christensen Be A Good Signing For Barcelona?

Standing at 1.88m, Christensen is a dominant presence in the air and can win his fair share of aerial duels on the defensive end of the field. He usually times his tackles well to secure the ball back for his side and doesn’t mind putting his foot through the ball when needed. The Danish talent is also proficient at playing his way out from the back.

At 25, Christensen is about to enter his prime which means that Barca can expect him to make an instant impact if they can get him on board next summer.

The Denmark international has got less than six months left to run in his Chelsea contract, so he will be an affordable target for the Catalan outfit to pursue in the future.

Christensen has what it takes to enhance the quality of Xavi‘s first team by adding more bite and steel to his defensive department at the Nou Camp. The Chelsea powerhouse could even help the Catalan giants get back to challenging for major trophies in the coming seasons. Thus, Christensen will be a good signing for Barca to consider at the end of this campaign.

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