Barcelona have already signed one defender from Chelsea this summer in Andreas Christensen, new reports indicate that the Danish defender may not be the only player trading a blue jersey for the iconic red and blue.
Fabrizio Romano is reporting that the two clubs are set to enter discussions over a move for Cesar Azpilicueta, with the Spanish side wanting a deal done for the Spaniard as soon as possible. A move for Marcos Alonso is also set to be discussed. Both players have been linked with moves to the Catalan giants in previous months but it would appear that both clubs are ready to progress the situation.
There’s a direct contact scheduled between Barcelona and Chelsea this week. Barça want to complete Cesar Azpilicueta deal as soon as possible, two year contract plus option for further season. 🔴🔵 #FCB
Marcos Alonso will be discussed too, he’s still hoping for Barça move. pic.twitter.com/TZLa54FiBq
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 7, 2022
Barcelona Target Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso
A player so beloved by the Stamford Bridge faithful that he earned the nickname “Dave”, the 32-year-old has been with the club since 2012, making 476 appearances in that time. His versatility is second-to-none as he has been tasked with playing in almost every position possible in the defensive end of the pitch. This versatility and his leadership skills saw him promoted to club captain following the departure of Gary Cahill.
Often deployed as a left-back or left wing-back, Alonso has been in and out of the Chelsea team but has consistently been able to provide depth when called upon. His attacking ability has also been on display with him scoring almost 30 goals in his time with the Blues.
Changeover at Chelsea
With Christensen and Antonio Rudiger already departed and now Alonso and Azpilicueta potentially exiting the club, Thomas Tuchel is going to have a new look defence next season. With a massive war chest promised to the German by the club’s new owners it will be interesting to see who they get to reshape the defence.