Barcelona ‘in advanced talks to sign Cesar Azpilicueta from Chelsea on a free transfer’ with Xavi keen on landing the Blues captain whose contract runs out in the summer
- Cesar Azpilicueta will see his Chelsea contract run out at the end of the season
- The Spain international is allowed to speak to clubs outside England in January
- Reports suggest that Barcelona and Xavi are interested in his services
Cesar Azpilicueta is in advanced talks with Barcelona over a move this summer, according to reports in Spain.
The Chelsea defender, who arrived in London in 2012 from Marseille, sees his contract run out at the end of the current season.
That would allow clubs outside of the UK to sign a pre-contract agreement with the Spaniard next month.
Cesar Azpilicueta is available on a free transfer this summer with his contract running down
And according to El Nacional, talks are already advanced between the Blues captain and the Catalan outfit.
The paper states that Xavi is personally pushing for the deal to go through, with club president Joan Laporta agreeind to his wish.
Any move for Azpilicueta, though, would spell the end of Dani Alves’ short-term return.
The Brazilian re-signed for Barcelona earlier this year, but is not able to make his debut until January.
It is reported that Xavi is pushing Barcelona to seal a deal to bring him back to Spain
If Azpilicueta’s free transfer is finalised, it would mean no contract renewal for Alves, according to the publication.
Azpilicueta has been handed the captain’s armband by Thomas Tuchel this season, however, he has been out of the squad of late.
The 32-year-old has appeared in just one of Chelsea’s last seven Premier League matches, being made to watch from the bench for the six which he has missed.
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