In order to complete its sporting project for the 2022-23 football season, Barcelona are now working on finalizing the deals for Chelsea defenders Marcos Alonso and Cesar Azpilicueta.
Barcelona understand the players want to move to Camp Nou, but the conditions put forward by Chelsea have been difficult for the Blaugrana to process.
In a recent visit to Barcelona of Chelsea’s new owner, Todd Boehly, Spanish publication SPORT says the Blues demanded €25 million for the two defenders, but Barcelona are in no way considering paying that amount for them.
All that because first, Barcelona know the players, themselves, are eager to move and second, the duo only has one year left on their respective contracts.
For Barça, their approach is to treat these two transfers separately as they believe it should not take more than €10 million each for the players to move to La Liga. To put things into perspective, Barcelona are hoping to get these deals done for less than €20 million.
At Chelsea, there has never been any resistance in terms of blocking the move, although they want Barcelona to respect the conditions they have put forward.
On the other hand, the delay in completing the aforementioned transfers is caused by Chelsea’s inability to sign replacements.
But now, things are getting in place for the Stamford Bridge outfit. First up, they have agreed personal terms with Brighton’s Marc Cucurella and even the transfer fee has now been settled.
Next, they are also pushing to acquire Wesley Fofana from Leicester City. If they manage to pull these two deals in time, Barcelona will hope to get into advance negotiation for Alonso and Azpilicueta this week itself.
For now, however, all Barcelona can do is to wait for Chelsea to fill the respective voids. Once that is done, Thomas Tuchel will open doors for the Barcelona-bound defenders to finally move.