While for many sides this winter period offers some excitement as the rumour mill shifts into fifth gear, but, for Chelsea, Thomas Tuchel faces losing some key players and Roman Abramovich could miss out on salvaging an early payday.
The Danish centre-half as well as Thiago Silva, Cesar Azpilicueta and Antonio Rudiger all see their current deals at Stamford Bridge come to an end in 2022 but more importantly susceptible to penning their futures elsewhere.
In January, the quartet will become eligible to engage in pre-contractual talks with clubs over free arrivals in the summer and, while Marina Granovskaia has four futures to juggle, Christensen has proved the toughest customer.
Football.london understands that the west London side felt as if they had agreed on terms with Christensen’s representative over a new five-year contract in August.
However, nothing was signed and a dispute surfaced over the length of the proposed deal and the representative’s commission.
There remains an expectation at Cobham that the 25-year-old will extend his stay at Stamford Bridge, but the saga has begun to draw similarities to Sergio Ramos’ catalogue of contract issues at Real Madrid which hands Granovskaia an alternative perspective she must consider in January.
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While Christensen and Ramos are polar opposites with regard to the stage in which they’re at in their careers, Los Blancos finally bit the bullet and refused to be bullied into extending the latter’s future.
Florentino Perez accepted his club’s fate and waved goodbye to their 16-year-serving defender who joined Paris Saint-Germain on a free.
To combat the Spaniard’s departure Real Madrid made a free signing of their own in the shape of David Alaba while also bolstering their midfield for just £27.9 million despite the pair joining for a cumulative £99 million market value, as per Transfermarkt.
Chelsea are seemingly already on route to pulling off the same bargain by reemerging as potential suitors for the services of Bayern Munich’s Niklas Sule ahead of the January transfer window, according to Guardian.
The report claims that the 26-year-old centre-half has previously tried to engineer a move to England before and, like Alaba was, Sule is a player that the Bundesliga champions want to hold onto as he enters the final months of his contract.
Singing from Real Madrid’s hymn sheet, Granovskaia could then relieve any doubts over welcoming a new midfielder to the club just like Carlo Ancelotti did with Eduardo Camavinga.
Chelsea are ‘ready to accelerate’ their pursuit of Aurélien Tchouaméni following the interest of Juventus, according to the Italian outlet TuttoMercatoWeb.
The 21-year-old has impressed for club and country this season and has been handed a £50 million price tag, as per Spanish newspaper Marca.
Hypothetically, by signing Sule and Tchouameni Chelsea are emulating Real Madrid’s transfer plan that saved them from crumbling at the expense of a departure that left them empty-handed.
While Christensen is the long-standing servant of the club and just too good to let go of for free. If an agreement doesn’t arise then Chelsea can take confidence from Real Madrid’s success having reached a similar crossroads just last year.
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