German giants set to make a £25million bid for Chelsea star
Bundesliga leaders RB Leipzig are lining up a £25million bid for Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen as per reports in Germany.
The German media claim that Leipzig are keen on signing the Danish centre-back and believe £25m could be enough to tempt Chelsea boss Frank Lampard into letting him leave midway through the season.
The 23-year-old Dane is no stranger to the Bundesliga having featured in 82 games during two seasons on loan at Borussia Monchengladbach between 2015 and 2017.
The 30-capped Danish international was a regular under both Antonio Conte and Maurizio Sarri but has seen his gametime reduced since the arrival of Frank Lampard in the hot seat.
He has only played in 11 out of Chelsea's 24 league games so far this season which led to talks that he could be surplus to requirements in West London.
However, Christensen has started the Blues' last three Premier League games alongside Antonio Rudiger, making a Chelsea exit seem unlikely.
The Dane looks to have overtaken Kurt Zouma and England international Fikayo Tomori in Lampard's pecking order off late, which could scupper Leipzig's hopes to take him back to Germany.
Lampard heaped praise on Christensen after Chelsea's 3-0 win over Burnley last week.
He said: "I like Andreas as a player. I’ve always liked him. I used to train with him and saw the talent coming through.
"When you see him and you see the height, the athleticism and the quality on the ball, particularly in choice of pass, then I think he can be all the things I want him to be and I want to work towards that. He knows that."
There are reports that Chelsea were keen to enact their £40m buy-back option on Bournemouth defender Ake but would not push through the deal with Christensen still on the wage bill.
And, Christensen's departure could pave the way for the 24-year-old's return to Stamford Bridge. However, if Christensen remains at the club beyond this January, a comeback for Ake looks unlikely this month.
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