Catalan giants Barcelona have reportedly reached a verbal agreement with Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen over a Bosman move in the summer.

According to a report by Spanish publication SPORT, Andreas Christensen is one step closer to joining Barcelona on a Bosman move in the summer transfer window. The Chelsea defender has verbally agreed to complete his free transfer to Camp Nou ahead of the 2022/23 season.

The interest from Barcelona stems from various reasons. The Catalan giants have been abysmal defensively this season by their standards, with goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen also experiencing a significant dip in form. But the centre-backs are also at fault for conceding needless goals this term.

Gerard Pique is approaching the end of his glittering career and is on his last legs as a regular at Barcelona. Eric Garcia was supposed to be Pique’s long-term successor when he returned from Manchester City on a Bosman move last summer, but the Spanish international has flattered to deceive for the most part.

Ronald Araujo is the only reliable centre-back at Xavi Hernandez’s disposal, with Clement Lenglet and Samuel Umtiti diminishing in stature at the club recently. But Araujo’s long-term future is the subject of intense speculation, with Chelsea coincidentally one of the Uruguayan defender’s suitors. Christensen is thus a viable target for Barcelona, with his impending status as a free agent making him an attractive option.

The Dane has now inched closer to joining Barcelona in the summer transfer window, with the two parties reaching a verbal agreement over a Bosman move. It now looks like Christensen’s time at Chelsea is coming to an end, with Barcelona his next destination.