CESAR AZPILICUETA’s free transfer to Barcelona ‘almost done’.
That’s according to former Chelsea team-mate Cesc Fabregas, who thinks it’s only a matter of time before the Blues captain ends his 10-year career at Stamford Bridge.
Azpilicueta, 32, has made an incredible 458 appearances for Chelsea since his £7million move from Marseille in 2012.
He has gone on to win numerous trophies including two Premier League titles and the Champions League.
But Azpilicueta’s time in London seemed to be coming to an end when he walked in the last few months of the contract.
Barcelona are said to have given top priority to the veteran defender in their plans to rebuild Xavi in the summer.
And former Chelsea player Fabregas, who remains a favorite at Barcelona, thinks Azpi’s departure is almost complete.
He told Gerard Romero: “Azpi comes to Barca, they say it’s almost done.”
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Fabregas’ comments come after Azpilicueta downplayed talks ahead of Chelsea’s Club World Cup final with Palmeiras.
“I won’t talk about my future,” he said.
“Of course, I arrived in the summer of 2012 and I have no children. My kids were born in London and you know how I feel about Chelsea.
“But I won’t comment on my future.”
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Elsewhere, Chelsea could still lose Antonio Rudiger on a free transfer.
And Andreas Christensen is another defender Who can pre-arrange a contract with a foreign party right now.
If Chelsea lose them, they can move for Ace Matthijs de Ligt of Juventuswho is said to be ‘flattering’ by links with the European champions.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/football/premier-league/4667316/azpilicueta-chelsea-transfer-barcelona-fabregas/ Cesar Azpilicueta free transfer to Barcelona ‘almost done’, claims former Chelsea star Cesc Fabregas