Barcelona are growing increasingly confident of signing Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta in the summer with the Spaniard’s contract set to expire at the end of the season.
Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen are both in similar situations, with Thomas Tuchel facing the prospect of losing three members of his back-line for nothing in the summer
Rudiger and Azpilicueta have been two of Tuchel’s most used players during his time at Chelsea, appearing 56 times and 54 times respectively, while Christensen has played 40 times.
But the loss of the Spaniard could be one of the biggest, however, having been the captain as Tuchel led the Blues to their second Champions League title.
In the build up to that final with Manchester City, Tuchel expressed just how important the 32-year-old is to the club.
“He is a huge factor and a key player for me in this club.,” the German said.
“He is for me expresses everything what I think is typical for Chelsea. He is a fighter, a team player. He does not accept limits, he is always available. He is top, top, top professional and at the same time a very nice guy.
“He is a very deep, absolute team player and a guy who loves sport and does everything to play at this level. He is very self-aware and it’s a pure pleasure to have him in the group.”
But a report from Goal has now revealed that Barcelona are growing increasingly confident of landing Azpilicueta on a free transfer at the end of the season.
Chelsea have made an offer to the player but are reportedly unwilling to match the player’s demands for a two-year extension with the option of a third.
But Barcelona manager Xavi is fighting hard to land Azpilicueta as he looks to add more experience to a fragile defence at the Camp Nou.
Source by Football London