Barcelona targeting ace Chelsea defender: Will he leave Stamford Bridge next year?
Barcelona are reportedly planning to sign Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta on a free transfer next summer.
According to Marca, Barcelona are keen to bring in the Spanish defender to Nou Camp to add some experience to the backline.
The Chelsea captain is currently in the final year of his contract and could leave for free next summer.
The Blues are reportedly in talks to extend his contract but the agreement has not been finalised yet.
Barcelona’s poor financial state means that the club will not be able to sign high-profile players in the market.
It has pushed them to search for free agents with a proven track record in the game.
They signed Sergio Aguero and Memphis Depay on such contracts and will look to do the same with Azpilicueta.
Cesar Azpilicueta has been at Chelsea for nine years now.
He has won various club honors with the Blues and was made club captain in 2019.
His versatility in the backline is a major asset for Chelsea.
The Blues are unlikely to let him leave on a free transfer.
Azpilicueta is a leader in the dressing room and is the captain of a rather promising squad at Stamford Bridge.
As for Barcelona, it would prove to be a good transfer if they can bring him in next summer.
The Barcelona defence needs better players at the backline and Azpilicueta would bring in some much-needed character should the Catalans sign him.
However, the deal seems unlikely to happen as he is an important player for Chelsea.