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Spurs join Manchester clubs in a bid to sign Chelsea defender Christensen

Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly joined both Manchester United and Manchester City in the race to sign Chelsea contract rebel, Andreas Christensen.

The Denmark international is one of a quartet of players at the club who is out of contract at the end of the season, alongside fellow defenders Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger and Thiago Silva.

 

The 25-year-old remains a key player under Thomas Tuchel for the European champions, and while the German suggested a deal was close a month ago, there has still been no agreement on an extension, meaning he could well move on for free in the summer.

That fact has piqued the interest of a number of sides across Europe – including cash-strapped Barcelona and AC Milan – as well as among Chelsea’s Premier League rivals, with both Manchester clubs linked with a possible move.

As per the Star, they have now been joined by Spurs in the race for his signature, with a reunion with Antonio Conte potentially on the cards at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium.

The centre-back broke into first-team during the Italian’s second season in charge of the Blues during the 2017/18 campaign, making 40 appearances in all competitions as the club won the FA Cup, having spent the previous two years out on-loan at Borussia Monchengladbach.

The talented defender would likely slot straight into a backline that has at times looked shaky so far this season, while the fact that both Conte and Tuchel favour a back three should also lead to a relatively smooth transition.

It would, however, be something of a controversial switch owing to the bitter rivalry between the two clubs, while Christensen may view the move as something of a step down with Spurs rarely challenging for major honours and facing a fight just to qualify for the Champions League – a competition that he won last-term with the Blues.

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