Borussia Monchengladbach's director of football, Max Eberl, has revealed the Bundesliga outfit are ready to break their record transfer to secure the permanent services of Andreas Christensen from Chelsea. The 20-year-old centre-back was recently named player of the season at the club, following an impressive campaign that saw him linked with the likes of Barcelona.
Chelsea signed the Denmark international from Brondby at the age of 16. He was part of the team that won the the Uefa Youth League, and former manager Jose Mourinho rewarded him with three appearances for the first team in the latter stages of the 2014-2015 campaign.
The Portuguese boss sent him to Monchengladbach on a two-season loan deal last summer to give him some experience in top-flight football. The young defender has since garnered a reputation as one of the most promising centre-backs around Europe.
Mundo Deportivo reported in March that Barcelona technical director Robert Fernandez and his scouts were closely monitoring the player's development ahead of making a move for his services during the coming summer transfer window, while Monchengladbach's director of football has now claimed they will make every effort to keep the player in their ranks on permanent basis.
"In the case of Christensen we are ready to make a record transfer bid," Eberl told Bild. "We know that a player with his quality does not come cheap."
Gladbach recently broke their club transfer record to secure the services of Christoph Kramer from Bayer Leverkusen in a £11.5m ($17m) deal.
Eberl added that there is not a price yet set for Christensen, but the fee could be much higher than Kramer's as the Chelsea loanee recently beat Granit Xhaka for the fan's player of the season award, just weeks after the Switzerland midfielder agreed a move to Arsenal in a deal reportedly worth £35m.