Chelsea will allow Andreas Christensen to join a Championship club on loan as long as the interested party is willing to pay the entirety of the defender's £22,000-a-week wages.
The Sun reports how the Denmark U21 international has been tipped for a bright future at Stamford Bridge, but with his route to the first-team currently blocked Jose Mourinho is ready to let the player leave west London on a temporary deal.
However, Christensen's prospects of securing a short-term switch have been hampered by his extravagant salary, with few clubs able to afford the 18-year-old's high earnings in the second tier.
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It remains to be seen whether the Blues would be willing to renegotiate those terms, depending on the possible opportunity that presents itself to the talented young centre-back between now and the end of the season.
Christensen has made just two senior appearances for Chelsea so far this term, featuring in the 2-1 victory over Shrewsbury Town in the Capital One Cup and the shock 4-2 defeat against Bradford City in the FA Cup fourth round.
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With John Terry, Gary Cahill and Kurt Zouma all ahead of him in the first-team pecking order, the Dane would have more chance of securing regular action by agreeing a move away from the Blues.
However, with the club unwilling to continue paying his wages while playing for somebody else, Christensen finds himself in a catch 22 situation that threatens to stall his ongoing development.
Under contract with Mourinho's men until the summer of 2016, the next transfer window could prove to be decisive in the player's long-term prospects of forging a successful career in England.
Last year Christensen was linked with a loan move to the Stadium of Light, but his agent rubbished those suggestions, intimating that Chelsea didn't want the defender to join another Premier League club.
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