Despite reaching an agreement over personal terms with Chelsea’s Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso, Barcelona are seeing the acquisition of the duo as ‘complicated’ as the Blues continue to play hardball, reports journalist Alex Pintanel.
Chelsea, who have undergone several changes within the club, are set for a massive revolution now that even Marina Granovskaia is not part of the management.
But having already lost Andreas Christensen to Barcelona and Antonio Rudiger to Real Madrid, the Blues are not ready to give up on their remaining defenders yet.
Days before, it was quoted that Chelsea would not stand in the aforementioned duo’s way if they wanted to leave in the summer. As it turns out, Alonso, in particular, has expressed his desire to return to Spain and while he does have an agreement in place with Barcelona, the Blaugrana are still waiting for a final price.
“I have already said that I would like it [return to Spain], but in the end, it does not depend entirely on me. It is clear that the desire to one day play in Spain is there,” Alonso was quoted as saying by SPORT earlier this month.
For Azpilicueta, Chelsea decided to trigger the one-year extension a few weeks back, but Barcelona are still chasing the veteran as Xavi sees him as a perfect candidate for the right-back spot.
As it turns out, Barcelona have offered him a two-year contract and despite all the difficulties, the offer is still pretty much on the table.
As far as Chelsea are concerned, it is given that they are in need of a defensive restructure. If Azpilicieta and Alonso end up leaving, Thomas Tuchel will have only a handful of defenders left to work with.
Hence, it’s only natural to think that without acquiring good enough replacements, Chelsea won’t sanction the duo’s sale. As of today, reports of their interest in Jules Kounde, Milan Skriniar and Nathan Ake are doing rounds, but there is nothing advanced in any of these deals.