Disconcerting rumors seem to be our speciality these days, so let's add another to the pile. This one concerns a certain young center back, set for greatness but maybe not in Chelsea colors?
Borussia Monchengladbach have launched an €18 million bid for Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen, according to Bild. The report claims that the Premier League club are holding out for €22m but a deal for €20m including a buy-back clause is a likely compromise.
-source: Bild via Goal
While I commend our efforts to hold out for a measly €2m more, the bigger issue here is our supposed willingness to compromise in the first place. Previous rumors claimed that Chelsea had firmly rejected Gladbach's attempts at buying their reigning Player of the Season, but a potential deal could never be completely ruled out thanks to the Bundesliga side's determination and, as we'd seen with the Thorgan Hazard deal, willingness to agree to a buy-back clause.
It's that clause, and that clause alone that would make any such agreement not a complete travesty. We saw a buy-back work out quite well for Real Madrid with Álvaro Morata recently, and Chelsea's pseudo-buy-back on Nemanja Matić wasn't a bad deal either. Still, I would much prefer it if we just let Christensen play out the second year of his two-year loan in Germany, letting him become even better than he already is, and then re-integrate him next summer as the aging core of the current defense becomes truly unviable at Premier League level.
So, as with the Traoré situation, let's not mess this one up.