As far as Premier League sides go, you’ll struggle to find a more convoluted loan system than that deployed by Chelsea. After all, the Blues have a staggering 37 players on their books but sporting the colours of a different club.
While it can, on occasions, see the harboring of superb young stars, it can also prove a messy entanglement of first team rejects.
However, it’s clear that the west London side’s approach isn’t completely flawed with one of their loan stars attracting prominent interest. In fact, even Barcelona are weighing up a potential bid for the Blues loanee.
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The man in question? Andreas Christensen.
The Danish centre-back is embarking on his second season on loan at Borussia Monchengladbach having impressed in the Bundesliga last campaign. At just 20-years-old, he’s been the subject of great excitement.
2015-16 saw Christensen amass an impressive 39 appearances, typifying his undeniable importance to Gladbach. Moreover, three goals also showed his ability to pop up with important strikes from set pieces.
It was such a notable campaign that many thought Chelsea would seek to retain the Dane this summer, but that wasn’t the case.
Just weeks into his second Bundesliga spell though and Europe’s biggest clubs are looking to permanently prize him from Stamford Bridge. Incredibly, even Barcelona are interested.
This is perhaps a result of Christenesen’s performance against the Catalans themselves in this season’s Champions League. The 20-year-old frustrated them throughout as Barcelona could only limp to an unconvincing 2-1 win.
Therefore, according to The Sun, Luis Enrique’s men could make a £20 million bid for him next summer. It’s believed that the Spanish champions see him as a partner and eventual long-term replacement for Gerard Pique.
If this really is the case, it’s certainly prominent praise.
However, it must be wondered whether Chelsea will put up a greater fight in light of such a large team being so interested. After all, Christensen could equally prove a long-term stand-in for John Terry, nevermind Pique.
Then again, the fee being frequented will certainly prove tempting given the Dane is unproven in the physical battlegrounds of the Premier League.
Regardless though, it proves an intriguing story and perhaps a wake-up call for Chelsea as regards being lazy with their loan system. They need to either show faith in the 20-year-old or face losing him to a key European rival.
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