The ‘Sun’ pointed out that the ‘blue’ captain would resort to this option, but the Navarrese only thinks about leaving Chelsea well and signing for Barça
César Azpilicueta is Xavi Hernández ‘s first option for the right back. The Barça coach knows the Navarrese defender perfectly from coinciding with him in the national team and knows what he can bring to his team: experience, reliability, character and versatility, among many other things. Hence, the Barça coach insists on signing him to shore up a defense that has conceded many goals this past season, something that puts him at risk in order to try to win titles.
Barça has already made room in the squad for the right lane of its defense by not offering the renewal to Dani Alves , waiting for Azpilicueta if Chelsea agrees to his sale. According to The Sun, Azpilicueta would have requested the ‘transfer request’ (formal request that exists in English football when a player wants to leave his club) at the request of Barça to be able to change Stamford Bridge for the Camp Nou.
Consulted by this extreme, sources close to the player denied to MD that Azpilicueta is considering forcing Chelsea with this route to be able to leave the London club. The Navarrese defender has spent 10 seasons at Chelsea and is their captain, so rather than leaving through the back door, he will speed up the negotiations as much as possible to try to convince the new owners that he has earned the power to decide his future and that his wish is none other than to wear the Barça shirt next season.
Despite the fact that Chelsea had the option of extending his contract for one more season if he played more than half the games -something that has happened-, Azpilicueta acquired the commitment of the sports director of Chelsea , Marina Granovskaia , who would let him leave without extending his contract if that was his will.
However, and despite the fact that Marina temporarily continues to hold her position, the new management of the club, after the purchase of the American billionaire Todd Boehly , does not contemplate letting Azpilicueta leave and wants him to complete the remaining year of his contract, and more so having taking into account the number of casualties that the team has suffered, with the departure of Rüdiger to Real Madrid and Christensen , who will sign for Barça , both with the letter of freedom under their arms. Still, Azpilicueta is confident that he can convince Boehly to leave.