CHELSEA captain Cesar Azpilicueta has reportedly struck a deal to affix Barcelona on a free switch this summer season.
Football Insider claims the versatile defender, 32, has snubbed a number of provides from the Blues to increase his deal previous the tip of this season.
And Azpilicueta has now reached an ‘settlement in precept’ to swap Stamford Bridge for the Nou Camp in July.
The Spain worldwide has been at Chelsea for 10 years, profitable quite a few trophies together with two titles and final 12 months’s Champions League.
However the alternative to see out his last years again dwelling with one other high European aspect has been too good to show down.
Azpilicueta is only one of three key gamers set to depart Chelsea this summer season following sanctions towards proprietor Roman Abramovich.
Danish centre-back Andreas Christensen is believed to have additionally struck a free switch to Barcelona.
In the meantime, Antonio Rudiger has reportedly agreed to affix Juventus on a mega four-year contract.
With three star defenders all set to depart, Chelsea will likely be mild on choices on the again except a brand new proprietor provides adequate monetary backing for a summer season rebuild.
Because it stands, Trevoh Chalobah, Thiago Silva and Malang Sarr would be the solely three senior centre-backs left on the membership.
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Sevilla’s Jules Kounde is regarded as excessive on Thomas Tuchel’s checklist – ought to the German keep put.
And Juventus’ Matthijs de Ligt is another choice, with the Dutchman mockingly set to be ousted from Turin by Rudiger’s arrival.