Real Madrid is allegedly interested in signing Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta. The 33-year-old was anticipated to take on a new challenge in the summer after spending ten years at Stamford Bridge, with Barcelona being a possibility.
However, while the Catalan giants’ financial crisis delayed the transfer, Azpilicueta ultimately chose to sign a new two-year contract with the Blues after speaking with the new owners.
Azpilicueta has now been given 10 starts and 7 substitute roles across all competitions, Nevertheless, Azpilicueta does not stand to retain his spot in the team upon the academy graduate’s return from injury because Reece James is thought of as the top choice at right-back or wing-back.
Prior to 2023–24, Azpilicueta might be given the opportunity to join Real Madrid, claims Fichajes. Real may take that route, according to the article, although it is also said that they may be willing to pay up to €10 million (£8.61 million) in January to retain his services.
Currently, Carlo Ancelotti’s two top choices at right-back are Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez, with the former starting 10 league games compared to the latter’s four.
Real Madrid to make a bid for Cesar Azpilicueta?
A transfer for Azpilicueta may not be a top priority because the two have contracts that expire in 2025 and 2024, respectively, but Real may release two unimportant players at the beginning of the new year.
According to the article, Los Blancos would probably take action if Nacho and Jesus Vallejo left for greener pastures after each had played just sparingly since the middle of August.
Despite the fact that both players are centre-backs, it is said that Azpilicueta’s versatility, experience, and affordable transfer fee may help Real make a formal offer.
After making two World Cup starts and playing 135 minutes without allowing a goal, Azpilicueta is still rated highly by the Spain national team.
Azpilicueta’s halftime withdrawal from Spain’s final group match against Japan led to their defeat, and it is likely that he will start Tuesday’s match against Morocco in the round of 16.
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