As things stand, Andreas Christensen will be leaving Chelsea at the end of the season on a free.

The Denmark international’s contract at Stamford Bridge is set to expire in June, and while it appears the Blues are trying to tie their defender down, they have yet to succeed.

This is a situation they are currently having to deal with alongside those of Antonio Rüdiger and César Azpilicueta, who are in the same boat, and there’s a lot of work needing to be done.

Meanwhile, other clubs are circling, with the German the most attractive prospect of all, but Christensen has some suitors of his own, with Milan keen on him.

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Having lost Simon Kjaer to injury until the end of the season, they are in need of a replacement, which is where his compatriot at Chelsea comes in.

Corriere dello Sport explain that Christensen’s name is ‘very popular’ at Milan these days, alongside that of Sven Botman, but there are hurdles that need to be overcome.

The main one is that the Blues are still ‘pushing for a renewal’, which could suggest they have made it clear to the Dane they want him to stay.

Whether they manage it is an entirely different matter, meaning Milan will lie in wait until January when, if he still hasn’t signed, they can talk to him directly to convince him that a move to Italy would be best for him.