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Report: Only on one condition will Chelsea allow highly-rated defender Christensen to leave on loan

Chelsea will allow highly-rated defender Andreas Christensen to join a Championship side on loan if they pay his £22,000-a-week wages in full.

According to a report in the Sun, Chelsea will allow Danish Under-21 international Andreas Christensen join a Championship side on loan if they agree to pay the youngster's £22,000-a-week wages in full. 

The highly-rated 18-year-old has been earmarked as having a big future at Stamford Bridge and the quality of the defender could see the teams in the race for promotion take a chance on him, even if he earns as much, if not more, than most of the experienced players in the English second-tier. 

Although he played no part in the League Cup final, Jose Mourinho crowned him man of the match and sounded out his performance against Shrewsbury Town as one of the reasons they won the competition. 

"Man of the match was Andreas Christensen who played well against Shrewsbury,'' Mourinho was quoted as saying by the BBC following their cup final win. ''There are more than John Terry because we are a team. I am proud of the guys."

Which teams from the Championship could take a chance on Christensen? 

The race for promotion in the Championship this season could be argued to be its most exciting in the competition's 10-year history. 

As it stands, just five points separate 1st and 7th and there is a clear divide between the top eight and the teams below. Bournemouth, Derby, Middlesbrough, Norwich and Watford are said to be the main runners in the promotion race, but a good run of games by Brentford and Ipswich could see them snatch an automatic promotion place at the death. 

Eighth placed Wolves may not have top two ambitions but as they are only four points from sixth, they will certainly be eyeing a play-off position with 10 games to go. 

The situation in the Championship does make it seem difficult to see which team would take a chance on Christensen, given his lack of match practise and high wages, but if a team is desperate enough to land the mega-money promotion to the Premier League then they could give the deal the green light. 

Derby, Middlesbrough and Norwich seem unlikely to be interested as they are well-stocked in defence. However, Wolves, Ipswich and Brentford could be tempted if they feel like it would significantly strengthen their chances. Fulham, who sit just one place above the relegation zone, may also be tempted given their financial strength.

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