Marina Granovskaia handed final task that unlocks £68m gem despite Roman Abramovich Chelsea sale


Marina Granovskaia could finally solve Andreas Christensen's contract fiasco and unlock Trevoh Chalobah's potential. The Danish centre-half, who sees his contract with Chelsea expires at the end of the season, is 'really close' to finalising a move to Barcelona via a pre- contract agreement, according to Fabrizio Romano.

Despite having been tipped to follow on in the footsteps of John Terry, the 25-year-old has seemingly turned his back on the former club captain's blessing. Christensen's ongoing contract saga proves why Chelsea's transfer chief must abandon their efforts in retaining his services despite Roman Abramovich's decision to sell the club remains at large.

The Blues must prioritise the future of Chalobah, who has shouldered the phantom £68m signing of Jules Kounde, in a period where Chelsea can not afford to chase their shadows. The Russian billionaire's decision to sell the club could trigger a mass exodus of senior - and most loyal - figures from the club's hierarchy, who have been weaved into the fabric of Chelsea Football Club.

Granovskaia, the west London side's transfer chief, has been central to much of the club's off-field success but still faces an uncertain future at Stamford Bridge. The Russian-Canadian has been handling Chelsea's transfers and contractual business since 2014 and was recently recognised with an award for her work.

Should the new owners flirt with the prospect of pulling the rug from under Granovskaia's feet upon the sanction of Abramovich's sale, then the 'best club director in European football' must pull the plug on a peace treaty with Christensen.

 After the Denmark international reportedly moved the goalposts twice in extension talks, as per the Telegraph , Chelsea must divert their attention towards the future of Antonio Rudiger.

In doing so, Chelsea fans would be confident heading into a new era at Stamford Bridge despite having lost sight of their next Terry. Speaking to TV2 Sporten in 2014, via Sky Sports , the all-time great defender showered Christensen with praise, whose departure could be confirmed as soon as next week, as per reports.

"Believe me. I am sure that he will be a top footballer and one of the future men for Chelsea," Terry said. "I talk to him daily, train with him and try to give him as much advice as I can. I have always told him to chase me and knock me off the team. He should be hungry to take my place in the team.

"For me, Andreas is a brilliant footballer, and he will certainly get his chance at Chelsea." Christensen did have his chance, and despite the club sticking by him throughout his troughs, he has seemingly found the nearest exit as soon as he shows glimpses of his 'top' potential.

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