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Chelsea star close to joining Barcelona after agreeing deal in principle for June 2022 – Reports




According to reports, Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta will join Barcelona in the summer of 2022. The Spaniard reportedly already has a contract with Blaugrana for transfer after the end of the season.

Azpilicueta joined Chelsea 2012 from the French club Olympique de Marseille. He has since relied on Stamford Bridge as a player and as a leader. The Spaniard recorded an incredible 449 appearances for the Blues in all competitions.

#Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta is ‘very close’ to moving to Barcelona. He has a ‘principled agreement’ to join next summer.[via @gerardromero]

It has also been used in various positions. He played in the positions of right back, right back, central defender and right central defender while impressing in every position.

This season, however, he has seen Andreas Christensen and Reece James take over Chelsea’s right side. Azpilicueta has played 20 appearances in all competitions this season, many of which have been substitutes.

With his contract expiring in the summer of 2022, Barcelona seems ready to bring the Spaniard to La Liga.

Barcelona is reportedly also interested in Aspilicueta’s teammate Christensen, who is also expiring his contract for the summer of 2022. However, it seems that this has not progressed as much as Aspilicueta’s agreement.

Contrasting season of Chelsea and Barcelona 2021-22

The two football giants could not have had a more contrasting first half of the 2021-22 season.

Chelsea are fighting for the Premier League title while Barcelona trying to get into the top four of La Liga. Chelsea have shown some dominant performances in both the Premier League and the Champions League this season. Meanwhile, Barcelona left the Champions League in the group stage.

Therefore, the upcoming transfer deadlines are crucial for the Catalan club. They signed a contract with striker Ferran Torres from Manchester City a few days ago, which will be a great reinforcement for them.

Ferran Torres is ours until 2️⃣0️⃣2️⃣7️⃣!

Their financial troubles are well publicized. Manager Xavi and management will have to make strategic decisions in the transition period.

Signing a contract with players like Azpilicuete, who is at the end of the contract but is still brilliant on the field, could be a tricky move.