Barcelona ‘finalize a deal’ for Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta with a ‘new round of talks’ planned for the Spain full-back… while the La Liga giants continue to inject cash despite financial woes
- Cesar Azpilicueta has been the subject of much speculation this summer
- It was reported earlier in the summer that the player wanted to leave Chelsea
- Reported that Barcelona have planned new talks about the player’s move
Azpilicueta has been the subject of much speculation this summer with reports that the Spain international wants to return to his home country.
Barcelona stayed in the picture for his signature all summer, according to the transfer guru Fabrizio Romanowants to speed up negotiations on his transfer.
It has been reported that Barcelona want to speed up the negotiations for the Spanish full-back’s transfer
The full-back is said to be awaiting Chelsea’s approval of a two-year deal that would keep him at the Catalan club until 2024.
The deal will also include the option of a year-long Spanish release Sports Legal action.
Sport are more upbeat in their coverage of the deal, saying a fee of between £3.5m and £4.5m will be paid for the Chelsea player.
The Spaniard is reportedly looking to return to his native country this summer after a decade in England
Josko Gvardiol (R) is said to be the target Chelsea have identified as Azpilicueta’s replacement
It has been reported that the main obstacle to the deal is the ongoing saga surrounding a replacement for Azpilicueta.
It has been recommended that RB Leipzig defender Josko Gvardiol has been identified as the main target for the Spaniard’s replacement.
Thomas Tuchel was keen to strengthen Chelsea’s defenses after losing Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger to Barcelona and Real Madrid respectively on free transfers earlier in the summer.
Meanwhile, Chelsea continue to chase Sevilla defender Jules Kounde, with the west London club turning down an offer earlier this week but now reportedly agreeing a fee with the Spanish club.
Kounde has been a long-term target for the club, with Chelsea having attempted to enlist his services last summer.
Sevilla defender Jules Kounde is a key target for Thomas Tuchel and Chelsea