Barcelona have been rebuffed by Chelsea after an approach regarding a potential January move for Andreas Christensen. The Spanish champions are currently looking into potential defensive reinforcements with Samuel Umtiti increasingly likely to undergo surgery on a knee injury.
The World Cup winner has been suffering with the complaint since the summer and his problem has worsened,forcing him to sit out of the midweek win over PSV Eindhoven
The French star is now being advised to go under the knife, in a move that could see him miss most of the remainder of the season. That has seen Barcelona transfer chiefs scramble and turn to Christensen, with the Danish defender unhappy at his role under Maurizio Sarri.
Having been a regular under Antonio Conte at the heart of Chelsea’s back three in 2017-18, Christensen has been a bit-part player this term, with Sarri preferring David Luiz and Antonio Rudiger.
There are concerns among coaching staff that Christensen isn’t comfortable playing in a back four, while the Dane recently spoke out, revealing his frustration at not playing.
However, Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia rejected the enquiry from the Catalans, declaring that the 22-year-old is not available in January, despite his current lack of playing time.
Barcelona are continuing to search for a new centre-half and may look into a short term deal ahead of a summer move for Ajax captain Matthijs de Ligt. The Dutch international is the Blaugrana’s No.1 target, but Ajax are refusing to sell in January – even for fees in excess of £65million.
Interest in De Ligt remains high, with Juventus and Tottenham among clubs monitoring his situation in Amsterdam, but Barcelona have earmarked him as their long term replacement for Gerard Pique.