Chelsea's defense could seriously fall apart in the next six months. In the summer of 2022, the contracts expire for Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, and Thiago Silva, but also for captain Cesar Azpilicueta, who could return to his homeland in June, after more than a decade.
Reliable Catalan journalist Gerard Romero has launched information that in the meantime almost all important Spanish media such as Marca, AS, Mundo Deportivo, and Sport - Azpiliqueta has an agreement in principle with Barcelona, which he should move to at the end of the season, as a free agent.
The only thing that could stand in the way of a potential transfer without compensation is a few personal details that have not yet been agreed. The defender from Pamplona, who influenced senior football as a player of Osasuna in 2007, fits into the economic profile of the Catalans.
By signing him, Barça would get an experienced 33-year-old who can cover almost all positions in defense, and he is no stranger to playing on the wings. At the same time, they would only have salary costs, which in his late playing years should not be a blow to Barça, possibly a signature bonus.
As things currently stand, Chelsea could enter the next competitive year with a well-changed defensive mosaic, since Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain are seriously interested in Rudiger.
It is not known whether Christiansen will initiate new cooperation in the next period, while in the case of Silva, there is a clause from the extension of cooperation for another 12 months.
Let's go back to Azpilicueta. It is very certain that the man wearing the Chelsea captain's armband is fed up with London and Stamford Bridge. He arrived there in 2012 and since then he has recorded 449 appearances, 14 goals, and 56 assists, not to mention trophies.
There is nothing he did not win with the London Blues. Champions League, two Premier Leagues and one Europa League, European Super Cup, FA Cup, and Carabao Cup. When you compare the money they spent signing him and all that he achieved playing for the giant from Stamford Bridge, it can be said without hesitation that he is one of the biggest and most useful reinforcements in the recent history of Chelsea.
Because nine years ago, only 8,800,000 euros were paid to Olympique de Marseille. Barcelona wants to be active and wants to resolve the crisis as soon as possible. They are aware that it will not be easy, but they seem to have serious plans