Chelsea defender agrees a deal in principle with FC Barcelona

Cesar Azpilicueta
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 14: Cesar Azpilicueta of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge on August 14, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images)

Barcelona have made significant progress in their pursuit of Chelsea defender and captain, Cesar Azpilicueta if an update from Gerard Romero is to be believed.

The 32-year-old has been at Stamford Bridge since 2012, having joined from Olympique Marseille. Over the past nine years or so, the Spaniard has grown into an icon at the west London club, making close to 450 appearances, winning several titles and trophies in the process.

However, there have been speculations surrounding his future at Chelsea beyond the current season with his current contract running out in the summer. Barcelona, for one, have been strongly interested in luring Azpilicueta away from Chelsea on a free transfer agent before the start of the next season.

And, as per the update from Gerard Romero, the Barca have been able to strike an agreement in principle with the Spanish captain, with a move to Camp Nou firmly on track unless there are any late changes due to personal issues.

The fact that Azpilicueta can play anywhere across the backline and would be available on a free transfer agent made him an appealing target for Barcelona. The 32-year-old can be used at right-back in case Sergino Dest is sold, with Brazilian defender Dani Alves’ contract also running out at the end of the season.

At the same time, the Chelsea captain can provide cover at left-back or center-back as and when needed. salary could have been a stumbling block in talks, but it seems like Barcelona have managed to reach an agreement with the veteran star over a Bosman move in the summer.

Azpilicueta is a player that manager Xavi Hernandez knows from their time together playing for the Spanish national team. The ex-Marseille still has a few years left at this level and can add a lot of value with his experience, leadership, and versatile nature. It remains to be seen if he ends up making the switch to Barcelona come summer.

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