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Lesser spotted Andreas Christensen spied by AC Milan in center back search — report

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The fall of the Danish Prince?

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Much (virtual) ink has been spilled over the Chelsea future of Andreas Christensen over the past few years. He went on loan and found great success. He came back and didn’t play much, threatened to leave, then played a lot more, and looked like he just might fulfill his destiny as the next great (partially Academy-bred) Chelsea center back.

In fact, around this time last year, he had become just the second Academy player to reach 50 starts for the first-team in the last 20 years.

But while he was ever-present in Chelsea’s Europa League-winning campaign last season, he’s started just 12 Premier League games in the last 12 months, falling firmly to fourth-choice lately behind Kurt Zouma, Antonio Rudiger, and Fikayo Tomori (not necessarily in that order).

With 2.5 years left on his contract and soon turning 24, Christensen could be at yet another crossroads, and the inevitable exit rumors have started once again. First up, AC Milan, who had been linked off and on over the past couple years as well.

According to Sky Italia (via Milan News), the Rossoneri have identified Christensen as a fallback option should their pursuit of Barcelona’s Jean-Clair Todibo come to naught. The highly rated 20-year-old center back has barely played since arriving at the Camp Nou twelve months ago, but apparently Milan have “hit a wall” in their negotiations and are considering alternative reinforcements. One of them is the veteran Simon Kjaer, who’s twiddling his thumbs on the Atalanta bench, and the other is Christensen.

The report claims that Milan would want a — surprise, surprise! — loan with an option to buy, while Chelsea would prefer a straight up sale. Either way, the Christensen rumors are just getting started, though I’d be surprised if he left in January (unless we get, say, Nathan Ake at the same time).