Of all the 34 loanees sent to Europe (and Brazil) by Chelsea this past season, Danish defender Andreas Christensen's (first) year away at Borussia Mönchengladbach was probably the most successful. Excellent performances in both the Bundesliga and the Champions League even earned the 20-year-old Borussia's Player of the Season award, with 54% of the popular vote.
Christensen is set to stay at Borussia for one more season, as per the terms of the two-year loan agreement, but Gladbach's sporting director Max Ebert wants to make the move permanent. And he is willing to break records to do so.
"We only spend the money we have. But in the case of Christensen we are of course willing to make him a record transfer. We know for sure that a player with his qualities won't be cheap."
-Max Eberl; source: Bild
This isn't the first time that we hear of Gladbach wanting to break their transfer record to sign Christensen, but this is the first time we're hearing it from Eberl himself. The earlier reports claimed that the arrangement could be similar to the deal agreed for Thorgan Hazard, which included a buy-back clause for Chelsea. Unlike Hazard's little brother however, Christensen, who would count as a homegrown player, is surely just a few steps away from making an impact in the Chelsea first team.
A sale with a buy-back option would not be the worst possible outcome, but it's still far from the ideal scenario which would see Christensen return to the Bridge ready to take the reins at our defence in 2017.