Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is preparing a surprise summer move for Chelsea starlet Andreas Christensen as the Danish defender stalls over signing a new contract at Stamford Bridge.
That's according to The Sun on Sunday, who suggest the Reds are ready to pay £6 million for the 19-year-old's signature, as the Northern Irishman attempts to strengthen his defensive ranks at Anfield next season.
With Glen Johnson and Kolo Toure both approaching the end of their contracts and set to leave Merseyside this summer, Rodgers sees Christensen as an ideal acquisition as he's able to play at centre-back and on the right side of defence.
The former Brondby ace has been restricted primarily to reserve team football in west London after falling further down the first-team pecking order following the rise of Kurt Zouma in Jose Mourinho's side.
Therefore the opportunity to swap second string appearances for a regular run-out in the Premier League with Liverpool could prove an attractive proposition for the talented teenager when the transfer window reopens.
Christensen has made a couple of cameos in the senior Chelsea team this term, but that was primarily in the League Cup and FA Cup, with his most recent cap coming in the shock 4-2 defeat against Bradford City in January.
It's not clear how willing Mourinho is to sell to one of Chelsea's direct rivals, but Christensen's refusal to put pen to paper over an extension could force the club's hand to cash-in on him, or else risk losing the player for nothing at the end of 2015/16.
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