Barcelona watch Cesar Azpilicueta on a free transfer


Barcelona are keeping an eye on Cesar Azpilicueta’s contract situation at Chelsea, where the defender’s contract expires at the end of the season.

Azpilicueta is now in his tenth season with the Blues in a period that has seen him win all the trophies offered to him at club level.

He will receive a testimony when his current contract expires at Stamford Bridge, and while he is still locked in talks with the club over an extension, ESPN reports that Barcelona are monitoring the situation.

Chelsea are still hopeful that Azpilicueta will put the pen to a new contract soon enough, but Barça have had a long-term interest in Azpilicueta and the new head coach Xavi is a particular fan of the Blues captain.

The 41-year-old values ​​Azpilicueta’s versatility in defense, while he would add much-needed experience to a youthful Barcelona back line if he were to decide to switch London to Catalonia.

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La Blaugrana have often relied on youngsters Sergino Dest, Oscar Mingueza, Eric Garcia and Ronald Araujo at the back this season, with all four defenders under 23 years old.

Dani Alves, who will turn 39 at the end of the season, signed for Barcelona again last week after an intervention from Xavi, and the club hopes that his experience will help strengthen their young defensive core.

Barça have relied on youngsters this season, with teenagers Gavi and Nico Gonzalez emerging as key players at a crucial time, while Ansu Fati has looked back to his best after a serious knee injury that ended his 2020/21 season.

Barcelona continue to target players who have not been contracted due to their ongoing financial problems. This summer, they recruited Garcia, Memphis Depay and Sergio Aguero on free transfers.

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