Chelsea’s Andreas Christensen was sent on a two-year loan to Borussia Mönchengladbach at the start of the last season.
The Danish centre-back was one of the best young performers in the Bundesliga last season, but Chelsea don’t have the option to terminate his loan spell.
The German club have been left so impressed by the player that they’re prepared to break their transfer record to make the move permanent.
According to Bild on Friday, Gladbach are close to signing Christensen on a permanent deal from Chelsea.
Gladbach have offered €18m for the player, but the London club wants €22m and a buy back clause.
Bild say an agreement for around €20m between both the parties is imminent. The only issue seems to be the length of the buy back clause.
Gladbach want to limit the buy back option to two years, whilst Chelsea want a longer duration.
Max Eberl, the club’s director of sport, confirmed they’re close to reaching an agreement with Chelsea.
“We are in very, very close contact with the club, there definitely a chance for us. For Christensen, we are ready to make a record transfer,” told Eberl to Bild.
It is reported Chelsea were completely against the idea of selling Christensen, but Antonio Conte has plenty of options with regards to central defenders in his squad, and is looking to sign Serie A defenders Stefan de Vrij and Kostas Manolas.