Former Chelsea man named as surprise Newcastle United transfer target

Newcastle United are linked with an eye-catching move for Barcelona defender Andreas Christensen
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Newcastle United are keeping tabs on Barcelona defender Andrea Christensen, according to reports.

Financial Fair Play regulations likely hamstring the Magpies’ chances of signing the 27-year-old this month but a summer move could be on the cards. Christensen joined the Catalan outfit 18 months ago on a free transfer after his Chelsea contract expired.

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During his time at Stamford Bridge, the Dane won the Champions League, Europa League and FA Cup but was allowed to leave for nothing due to contract talks breaking down. He is now linked with a move from Barca despite starting most of their La Liga games this season.

A versatile player, Christensen is primarily a centre-back but can also operate in the holding midfield role. His technical ability is another quality which reportedly appeals to Eddie Howe.

Football Insider reporter Pete O’Rourke claims the Toon boss is a “big admirer” of the defender. Christensen could become the long-term successor to Fabian Schar, who penned a one-year extension following the FA Cup win over Sunderland.

Schar has been instrumental under Howe, playing more minutes than anyone since his appointment. The Swiss international was previously frozen out during Steve Bruce’s reign but has forged a strong partnership with Sven Botman.

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However, at 32, Schar cannot be relied upon forever and it would be prudent for Newcastle to plan ahead for his replacement. The piece does not rule out a deal this month but the Magpies are aware FFP constraints may force them to rethink until the summer.

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