According to a reporter, Barcelona already have a deal to sign Chelsea captain and defender Cesar Azpilicueta for a free transfer at the end of the season.
The 32-year-old has been with Chelsea for almost 10 years now, signing from Marseille in the summer of 2012. While at Stamford Bridge, the flexible defender has grown into a team icon and continues to be an important part of the set.
However, Azpilicueta’s contract expires at the end of the season and although negotiations over a new deal have been reached, it appears the Spaniard has decided to move on and sign Barcelona.
The Catalans are in the market for a new right-back as Sergino Dest has failed to convince manager Xavi Hernandez. Dani Alves, despite having a good start to his second season at the club, is 38 and will see his contract expire at the end of the season.
Therefore, bringing a player with the experience of Azpilicueta and his experience can work well for the Blaugrana, at least in the short term. The leader on the field, the Spanish international player can fill in the middle back and left-back, giving the manager some more options.
Also, if the above report from Jose Alvarez is to be believed, the movie is over. The Chelsea captain will sign a two-year contract with Barcelona with a one-month deal.
If true, getting a veteran campaigner like Azpilicueta on a free transfer, who still has a lot to offer, would be a huge fine for Barça.