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Andreas Christensen given astonishing release clause as Barcelona move confirmed

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Barcelona have confirmed the signing of free agent Andreas Christensen, and the Catalan club have learned from the mistake of Chelsea by not allowing him to leave cheaply in the future
Barcelona have confirmed the signing of Andreas Christensen on a free transfer from Chelsea, and the La Liga outfit certainly have slapped an almighty release clause in his contract.

The Denmark international opted not to renew his contract at Stamford Bridge so that he could depart as a free agent, having spent ten years at the club. Christensen became an important figure in the Blues defence and despite the pleas of Thomas Tuchel, opened the door so that he could head to Barca.

And the Catalan club have shown that they aren’t willing to make the same mistake as Chelsea by letting the 26-year-old leave on the cheap. Instead, they have put a £460million buyout clause in his contract.

A statement from Barca read: “FC Barcelona and Andreas Bødtker Christensen have reached an agreement for the player to join the club after his contract with Chelsea FC came to an end. The player will sign a contract until 30 June 2026 and his buyout clause will be set at 500 million euros."

Xavi is keen to continue overhauling Barca so that they can become the European giants that they once were, so the free signing of Christensen is a significant move by the Camp Nou outfit. The Blues academy product will add strength to their defence as well as versatility given that he can play in a back three and back four.

Transfermarkt value Christensen at £31.5m, highlighting what a neat acquisition he will be for Barca considering there is no fee attached. The Spanish side are gaining a reputation for being smart in the transfer market having signed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Arsenal last summer on a free transfer and also confirmed the signing of midfield maestro Franck Kessie, who ran his contract down with AC Milan.

Chelsea fans will certainly be sorry to see Christensen depart, and the player himself has been quick to address the fanbase. In a statement, he wrote: “I had a tough decision to make at the age of 16 to leave Denmark, I met many different clubs but there was only ever one choice for me and that was Chelsea.

“From the moment I arrived they made me feel at home, I’m grateful to Jim Fraser and Neil Bath who immediately embraced me as part of their family. Some of my proudest moments at the club were when we won FA Youth Cup and UEFA Youth League. Those were a special group of young players that I was proud to have as teammates.

“‘I was fortunate to play under some fantastic managers including [Antonio] Conte, [Jose] Mourinho and now Thomas Tuchel. Last year was my proudest achievement as a player when we lifted the Champions League in Porto. I was a young boy at Chelsea with all the hopes and fears of a player starting his career, I’m grateful to the whole club for making my dream come true.”
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