AC Milan have approached Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen, according to Fabrizio Romano. The Rossoneri remain shorthanded in defence after Simon Kjaer’s season-ending injury. Ideally, Milan look to acquire Christensen in January to prepare for the second half of the season.
Romano mentions that Barcelona are also showing interest. They’d like to acquire Christensen this coming summer when he’s a free agent.
With all that being said, it’s expected for Christensen to sign an extension with Chelsea. They’re one of the top teams in all of Europe, and he’s a regular starter for the club. If anything changes, however, Christensen is a fantastic fit in Milan.
AC Milan Interested in Chelsea Defender Andreas Christensen
An Ideal Fit
With Kjaer out, Milan are scrambling for a replacement. They have Alessio Romagnoli, but he’s in the midst of his own struggles this season. Matteo Gabbia is the other option alongside Fikayo Tomori. Gabbia is strong at times but remains inexperienced.
Considering the fact that Kjaer will be 33-years-old the next time he’s on the pitch, Milan would be wise to invest in a replacement for the rest of this season and the future. That’s where Christensen falls in place.
First of all, he’s also Danish like Kjaer. Perhaps the international team connection can sway Christensen towards the San Siro.
More than that, though, Christensen is simply a great defender. He’s good on his feet and in the air, while regularly facing top strikers in the Premier League and the Champions League. He’s still just 25-years-old, but with loads of experience under his belt.
Tomori is the de-facto starter at Milan for the foreseeable future. He and Christensen both have Chelsea roots, while Milan holds a good relationship with the Blues after their past dealings. Although it remains likely that Christensen decides to extend with Chelsea, Milan present a very good option should the Dane be seeking a change.
Tomori is also just 23-years-old. A partnership of him and Christensen can last for several years for Milan, and not having to worry about the centre-back position lifts a massive weight off a team’s shoulders.
This kind of partnership is even more important considering Milan’s recent rise back to relevancy. They currently sit atop the Serie A table, making them a true Scudetto contender. At this rate, Milan should become a main fixture in the Champions League once again as well.
This deal is by no means assured. If Christensen chose to leave by any chance, Milan’s upper hand in the race for the defender is their strong and recent relationship with Chelsea. The Tomori deal has worked out very nicely for Milan. In addition, Milan purchased other solid players like Olivier Giroud and Tiémoué Bakayoko from the Blues. Footballing legend and current technical director for Milan, Paolo Maldini, has done an excellent job in building and maintaining this relationship with the reigning champions of Europe.
Another factor to be considered is that Christensen plays alongside Thiago Silva. The Brazilian enjoyed many fruitful years with Milan, so perhaps he can put in a good word.