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Chelsea Transfer News: Andreas Christensen Rumours, Ciro Immobile Latest

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistOctober 29, 2017

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 30: Andreas Christensen of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on September 30, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill - AMA/Getty Images)
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Chelsea are reportedly ready to resist any transfer approach for young defender Andreas Christensen from Inter Milan.

According to Calciomercato.com, Inter have long been admirers of the Denmark international, who has been integrated into the Blues team this term by Antonio Conte.

Journalist Fabrizio Romano reported the Nerazzurri made two offers for the 21-year-old in the summer. Christensen had previously been on loan at Borussia Monchengladbach for two seasons; Inter director of football Piero Ausilio is said to have scouted the player with a view to a loan move.

"Chelsea, however, do not want to sell the player at any price," according to Calciomercato.com. "Conte trusts Christensen and is determined to keep him at Stamford Bridge. Inter will have to look somewhere else if they are to sign a defensive reinforcement."

BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 28:  Antonio Conte the manager of Chelsea during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Chelsea at Vitality Stadium on October 28, 2017 in Bournemouth, England.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
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The summer just gone was always going to be a big one for Christensen, and he has impressed when given a chance in the Chelsea first team. Liam Twomey of ESPN FC was full of praise for the defender earlier in the campaign:

Liam Twomey @liam_twomey

Andreas Christensen is utterly nerveless.

Christensen is ideal for the 3-4-3 formation Conte has preferred since he moved to Stamford Bridge, as he's a versatile defender and composed on the ball.

While Chelsea are often criticised for the number of players they send out on loan each season, the benefits of the setup are evident in Christensen. The youngster looks undaunted by playing for a team as grand as the Blues and isn't fazed by the combative nature of the Premier League.

At the start of the season, there may have been a temptation to send him out on loan again, especially after the big-money acquisition of Antonio Rudiger. But Christensen has shown enough to be considered a fully fledged member of the first-team squad.

           

Ciro Immobile Rumours Rubbished

BENEVENTO, BENEWENTO - OCTOBER 29:  Ciro Immobile of SS Lazio celebrates their second goal during the Serie A match between Benevento Calcio and SS Lazio at Stadio Ciro Vigorito on October 29, 2017 in Benevento, Italy.  (Photo by Marco Rosi/Getty Images)
Marco Rosi/Getty Images

According to Marco Sommella, Lazio striker Ciro Immobile's agent, rumours linking the player with a move to Chelsea were laughed off.

"We had a good laugh together over that, including the Chelsea rumour," Sommella told TMW Radio (h/t Tom Olver of Metro). "I want to take this opportunity to publicly thank [Lazio] for that renewal."

As Sommella noted, the Italy international only recently penned a new deal at the Stadio Olimpico until 2022. It's a show of faith that has seemingly fuelled Immobile's exceptional form; B/R Football summed up just how good he has been in front of goal as of late:

B/R Football @brfootball

Ciro Immobile becomes the first Serie A player this century to score 14 goals in the first 11 matches 🙌 https://t.co/S39kxUsBMT

Now 27, Immobile is at his peak. After leaving Torino for Borussia Dortmund in 2014, the striker struggled with the increased expectations. Following unsuccessful loan spells with Sevilla and Torino, he joined Lazio and has kicked on brilliantly.

Immobile thrives when he's a team's focal point. He's not the quickest, strongest or most skilful operator, but he's exceptional at finding space and is a lethal finisher.

Chelsea have a couple of excellent strikers already on their books, with Alvaro Morata a big-money signing from Real Madrid in the summer and Michy Batshuayi a dangerous option from the bench. With that in mind, it's tough to see the Blues spending the kind of money needed to prise Immobile away from Lazio.

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