Barcelona will not part ways with 27-year-old defender Andreas Christensen amid interest from Newcastle United.
According to a report by Spanish outlet Fichajes, Andreas Christensen will continue at Spotify Camp Nou beyond the summer transfer window. Barcelona will not entertain offers for the 27-year-old. And the decision has handed a blow to Newcastle United, who wanted to sign the ex-Chelsea defender.
Andreas Christensen has seen his stock skyrocket in the last few seasons. The Danish international rose in stature at Chelsea under the tutelage of Thomas Tuchel. But he decided to leave the West London club as a free agent last summer. And Barcelona snapped him up in a Bosman move ahead of the 2022/23 season.
The 27-year-old experienced a few teething problems at Spotify Camp Nou. But he has gradually seen his stock rise again, becoming the first-choice centre-back alongside Ronald Araujo. And the player has made 27 appearances for Barcelona this term. But recent reports have linked Christensen with a summer departure, with Newcastle United interested in him.
Newcastle United bolstered the defensive unit by signing Sven Botman last summer. But Fabian Schar is on the wrong side of 30, while Jamaal Lascelles will likely leave Newcastle United in the summer. So the Magpies are scouring the market for a long-term central defensive solution. And Christensen has emerged as a viable target for the Tyneside outfit.
The 27-year-old has extensive experience in the Premier League after his stint with Chelsea. So the Barcelona defender should not take much time to settle down at St. James’ Park. And while the Magpies were not an attractive club 18 months ago, they now have lofty ambitions. In addition, Newcastle United will likely qualify for the UEFA Champions League by clinching a top-four finish.
With PIF planning to make Newcastle United the biggest club in the world, St. James’ Park is an attractive destination. But Barcelona will not entertain any offers for the Danish international in the summer transfer window. So Newcastle United will have to identify alternatives for the ex-Chelsea defender.
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The Magpies have several centre-backs on their radar, including Merih Demiral. And it will be interesting to see who Newcastle will turn to, with Christensen unlikely to leave Barcelona. In fact, the 27-year-old will become an “untouchable” figure for the foreseeable future at Spotify Camp Nou.
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