Chelsea defender has ‘agreement in principle’ with European giants for summer move
Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta has an ‘agreement in principle’ with Catalan giants Barcelona to join them as a free agent in the summer, according to Spanish media.
Sport.es report that ‘all paths are leading to Camp Nou for Cesar Azpilicueta’, while former teammate and compatriot Cesc Fabregas told Gerard Romero ‘Azpi to Barca, they’re saying it’s almost done’ in an interview on Twitch.
Azpilicueta himself, who is looking to complete the swoop of every major domestic trophy available to him with a win in the Club World Cup final, remained tight-lipped on the situation.
Ahead of the semi-final against Al-Hilal, which Chelsea scraped through by a 1-0 scoreline, he told media:
‘We are one day before the semi-final of the tournament.
‘Of course, I arrived in the summer of 2012 and I didn’t have kids. My kids were born in London and you know how I feel about Chelsea.
‘But I am not going to comment on my future.’
However, Chelsea’s policy of not offering long contracts to players over 30 years old is well-known. It was this that saw Willian swap west London for the Emirates stadium, where Arsenal were willing to offer the Brazilian a three year deal and a fateful spell in north London.
Could Christensen follow?
And one free arrival in Catalonia could quickly be followed by another, with reports continuing to link Andreas Christensen with a move to Barcelona once his contract expires in June.
As per the same report, the Blaugrana are continuing to discuss a contract deal with the Danish star, who recently marked a decade in Chelsea blue. However, it could be set to come to an end with the 25-year-old yet to agree new terms with Thomas Tuchel’s side, and set to depart.
It would prove a brilliant coup for cash strapped Barca.