Fabrizio Romano reveals Barcelona plans for Chelsea defender

Top-tier football journalist Fabrizio Romano has confirmed that Barcelona will go after Chelsea skipper Cesar Azpilicueta after they complete the deal for Andreas Christensen.

The journalist tweeted:

To backup this claim, footballtransfers released serveral reasons why the Catalans are keen to sign Azpilicueta with additional some evidence why it is a deal that could happen.

We have included some of the reasons as per footballtransfers.com

Azpilicueta’s free agent status

Perhaps the most obvious reason why Azpilicueta could be heading to Camp Nou is his status as a free agent.

Barcelona are unlikely to be able to pay a fee for any player next summer, so they will be limited in players whose contracts are expiring.

Azpilicueta falls neatly into this category and is of sufficient quality to play for the club.

Additionally, he does not fall into the category of expensive superstar. Indeed, he is one of Chelsea’s poorer paid players – another attractive attribute for Barcelona.

Ability to play in a back three

Xavi has used a 3-4-3 formation extensively with Al-Sadd, while Azpilicueta has played on the right side of a defensive three regularly with Chelsea under Thomas Tuchel.

Furthermore, he would arguably be more successful in that position in La Liga, where there is a lesser emphasis on aerial play than there is in England.

Azpilicueta could, therefore, fit neatly into Xavi’s plans.

Experience

With Gerard Pique’s star starting fade, there is every chance that he could drop out of the starting XI next season.

Although Dani Alves is set to be added to the squad, the veteran Brazilian is unlikely to be a regular either.

The 32-year-old Azpilicueta could fill that role of old head in the defence, where Eric Garcia, Ronald Araujo and Oscar Mingueza are pushing to become habitual starters.

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