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FC Barcelona Star Prepared To Leave Club On One Condition

An FC Barcelona star is prepared to leave the club this summer on one condition reported by Mundo Deportivo, which cited anonymous sources.

Andreas Christensen was a coup for President Joan Laporta and his board in the summer 2022 transfer window.

While Laporta was pulling “economic levers” and selling off percentages of future television rights income and stakes in Barca Studios to bring big money signings such as Robert Lewandowski, Raphinha and Jules Kounde to the club, the Dane arrived free of charge from Chelsea after his contract expired at Stamford Bridge.

There is a case to be made for Christensen proving to be the best acquisition from the quartet of mentioned current Barca first team squad members.

Though sometimes hampered by injuries, he has perhaps been the most consistent out of the lot in terms of churning out regular high-level performances.

Not only performing well in central defense, in a La Liga-winning campaign which was his maiden season, last season saw him fill in excellently as a defensive midfielder and also score important goals against the likes of Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League and Girona domestically away from home.

Individual success in Catalonia has drawn the interest of several teams that have asked about his availability according to Mundo Deportivo.

And though he would prefer to stay in Barcelona where both he and his family are comfortable, Christensen would be willing to leave if the Catalans explicitly asked him to head elsewhere the same newspaper reports.

Barca of course needs to make sales in a bid to balance the books before June 30 and hopefully return to the 1:1 rule within Financial Fair Play Limits.

The likes of Frenkie de Jong, Ronald Araujo and Raphinha have all been linked to exits, but Christensen could also be put on the chopping block.

His potential offloading is particularly interesting from a financial perspective considering he arrived for free, meaning that any deal represents pure profit for Barca.

Where he to take the plunge, Christensen’s case would echo that of Franck Kessie.

The Ivory Coast international was brought to Camp Nou for a free at the same time as Christensen, but then sold on for a $13.6 million (€12.5 million) gain to Al-Ahli in the Saudi Pro League.

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