...By Judah Olanisebee for TDPel Media.
Chelsea Women’s stars Pernille Harder and Magdalena Eriksson are set to leave the club at the end of their current contracts this summer.
The duo, who are in a relationship, have been jointly negotiating their exits from the club through their agent Klaus Granlund.
The couple are keen to continue their off-field relationship while campaigning for LGBTQ+ rights.
Meanwhile, the Blues had hoped to sign the players to new contracts, but the club has grown increasingly resigned to losing them in the final months of their deal.
Bayern Munich is reportedly close to securing the signatures of the two new signings, having beaten Lyon in the race to sign the duo.
There were also interests from Real Madrid and US club Angel City.
The news comes as a major blow to the Blues, who recently welcomed back Harder after a long spell out with a hamstring injury.
The Dane scored two goals on her return in a 7-0 win over Everton as Chelsea compete to secure a domestic treble in the final weeks of the season.
Eriksson joined Chelsea in 2016 and has been the club captain since 2019. The 29-year-old has won 10 major trophies at Kingsmeadow.
She is preparing to lead the Blues into an FA Cup final against Manchester United on Sunday while also competing against Marc Skinner’s side for the Women’s Super League title.
The exit of Harder and Eriksson from the club will leave a huge gap to fill for Chelsea, who will have to look for adequate replacements for the departing duo.