Man Utd and Man City 'joined by Spurs in transfer battle' for Chelsea defender Christensen with contract running down

MANCHESTER UNITED and Manchester City have reportedly been joined by Tottenham in the race to sign Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen.

The Danish centre-back is out of contract next summer alongside club captain Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger and Thiago Silva.

And Christensen's contract situation, as well as fine form for the European champions, has landed himself on the radar of top clubs.

According to the Daily Star, Antonio Conte is interested in signing the 25-year-old, joining both Manchester clubs in the battle to sign him.

The Premier League trio will also face stiff competition from continental Europe.

Serie A duo Juventus and AC Milan are also believed to be keen on Christensen.

Cash-strapped Barcelona – whose new transfer model involves dipping into the free transfer market – could also look to sign Christensen.

Clubs outside of England can agree a pre-contract with the defender from January 1.

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Spurs' ability to beat their rivals to Christensen's signature could depend on their league finish and what European competition they'll be playing in next season.

Conte's men are currently in the running for a top-four finish, but will have to fend off challenges from West Ham, Man Utd and Arsenal.

Chelsea haven't given up hope of persuading Christensen – who joined aged 14 – to stay just yet.

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