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Chelsea looking to sacrifice Andreas Christensen to sign Antonio Candreva

According to reports from Italian outlet Tuttosport, Chelsea are looking to offer young Andreas Christensen in exchange for Antonio Candreva.

Chelsea managed to claim the Premier League title last season without too much trouble but one can be sure that the Blues will have to work hard in order to be able to defend their crown during the upcoming campaign, especially as almost all of their rivals have significantly strengthened their respective squads.

In addition, Chelsea will have to contend with the burden of Champions League football next season and to be able to deal with the extra workload, manager Antonio Conte has brought in the likes of Alvaro Morata, Antonio Rudiger and Tiémoué Bakayoko to Stamford Bridge for big money so far this summer.

Despite the signings though, Chelsea’s current squad looks very thin and with key players from last season such as Nemanja Matic and Diego Costa having departed or on the verge of departing, Conte will need more signings to beef up his ranks.

Inter Milan star Antonio Candreva has recently been strongly linked with a move to Chelsea and while reports have claimed that the Nerazzuri are not willing to allow the 30-year-old to leave this summer, Conte is believed to be plotting a plan to lure the attacker to London.

According to reports from Italian outlet Tuttosport, Chelsea are looking to take advantage of Inter’s requirement for a new centre-back in their attempts to land the services of Candreva.

The report states that Chelsea will offer up the services of promising defender Andreas Christensen as well as cash in order to tempt Inter to part ways with Candreva.

Christensen is a very talented young defender who has returned back to Chelsea following a successful two year loan spell at German side Borussia Monchengladbach and although the club rate him very highly, the likes of David Luiz, Gary Cahill and new signing Rudiger being ahead of the Dane in the pecking order could limit his chances of regular first team football.

Nonetheless, swapping Christensen for Candreva does not seem like a good idea in the long term. Christensen is only 21 while Candreva is nearly 31 and allowing such a promising youngster to leave in exchange of an ageing attacker, no matter how good he maybe, is not the best decisions Chelsea can take – especially given the debacle of Romelu Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne in the past.

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