The word on Las Ramblas is that Barcelona are in the market for a central defender and have made a formal bid for Chelsea’s Andreas Christensen.
The 22-year-old Dane has found opportunities hard to come by under Maurizio Sarri and has been restricted largely to Europa League and Carabao Cup duty, but with Barça’s Samuel Umtiti sidelined, the Spanish side may need some back-up.
While confusion reigns over the seriousness of Frenchman’s knee injury, his manager doesn’t appear too concerned. “We want four centre-backs who can play,” he said.
“Umtiti could recover and that would be great news for us and would mean that we would have four centre-backs for the rest of the season, although three are left-footed. We’ll see what happens but I’m happy to manage with what I have.”