Barcelona have announced their second major signing ahead of the new season, in the form of Andreas Christensen.
The Chelsea defender’s arrival at the Camp Nou has been a secret affair for some time, with the player writing down his goals with the club a few months ago, shortly after deciding to reduce his contract at Stamford Bridge.
Christensen has signed a four-year contract with Barcelona, with a € 500 million release clause. He will be unveiled as a Barcelona player on Thursday, at Tito Vilanova’s training ground.
The announcement of Christensen’s arrival comes just hours after Barcelona completed another free transfer to Franck Kessie. The Ivorian has signed a four-year contract at the Camp Nou and the two will play a key role in the club’s success in the years to come.
Christensen comes on the heels of a fruitful spell at Chelsea that saw him lift the UEFA Champions League last year. He has the FA Cup and the UEFA Europa League title in his name and, Xavi hopes he can offer a vision of victory in his set of Barcelona.
In addition to his winning ancestry, International Danish offers a lot of experience at the highest level of football. He has appeared in 160 competitive games for Chelsea and has briefly worked in the Bundesliga, with Borussia Monchengladbach.
Cleverly, the former Gladbach star is praised for his professionalism and position awareness. He should give a favor to Ronald Araujo at the heart of Barça’s backline next season.
Christensen’s arrival at the club should lead to the departure of Samuel Umtiti, who is reportedly set to move to Rennes.