Barcelona are close to securing the signing of Noussair Mazraoui, with the Ajax defender turning down offers from the likes of Arsenal and Leeds.
The 24-year-old has enjoyed his best season so far in Amsterdam this season, scoring five goals and four assists. His performances helped Erik ten Hag’s sides win each of their Champions League group stage matches and advance to the Eredivisie.
Mazraoui’s contract expires at the end of the season as some of Europe’s top clubs have expressed interest in it recently. According to SPORT, Barça have now won the race to sign him, beating Arsenal, Borussia Dortmund, Leeds, and Milan.
Xavi has long been interested in right-back strengthening and shot through his old contact letter to sign Dani Alves with a free transfer shortly after taking over.
signing Mazraoui will not stop Barcelona from following Cesar Azpilicueta again. The Chelsea captain has also expired a summer contract and could play in the backfield, and the future of Sergino Dest is uncertain. That means there should still be a place for Azpilicueta in the squad for next season.
He is not the only Chelsea player to move to Camp Nou. 90min understands that Barcelona should confirm the capture of Andreas Christensen as soon as Xavi’s team’s preparations continue.