With the transfer window now officially open in Spain and with the activation of the first economic lever, Barcelona could look to step up their efforts to sign new players in the coming days.
The high-profile defender, who is set to replace Dani Alves at right-back, has signed the final year of his contract with Chelsea. Also, it has been reported earlier that the 32-year-old is set to return to Spain this summer, with a move to Barcelona.
Now, journalist Alex Pintanel reports that Barça already has an agreement with Azpilicueta on personal terms. However, the Catalan giants are yet to finalize a deal with Chelsea over a Spanish transfer.
While Sergino Dest may remain at Camp Nou, Dani Alves’ departure and Oscar Mingueza’s upcoming sale means Xavi Hernandez will be short of numbers in the right-back slot.
Azpilicueta, a legend at Chelsea who has led the club to different heights, could be an important addition due to the experience and knowledge he brings to the table, as well as his ability to play anywhere in the background.
And although the deal with the Spanish international is a step in the right direction, the deal will not expire until Barcelona and Chelsea agree on a transfer fee.
Alex Pintanel goes on to add that Barcelona finds themselves in a similar situation with Azpilicueta’s Chelsea team-mate and roommate Marcos Alonso, who is also a Catalans target and is in the final 12 months of his contract.