Chelsea star is a target of major European clubs

Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta is one of the most talented full-backs in world football at present. The 26-year-old has been ever-present in Chelsea’s team since his move to the Premier League from Ligue 1 club Olympique Marseille in 2012.

It is understandable that a lot of clubs would be interested in signing the Spain international if he becomes available in the transfer market. According to Spanish football journalist Guillem Balague, Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich and Barcelona are some of the clubs that are monitoring Azpilicueta’s situation in the transfer market.

Balague said that Atletico would be the front-runners for Azpilicueta’s services and Barcelona would also consider signing him after their approach for Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin was turned down by the Gunners.

He also added that Paris Saint-Germain and Athletic Bilbao would also be interested in signing the talented full-back, who can play on both flanks.

Balague told Sky Sports: “Some of the top clubs in Europe are after Azpilicueta’s signature, not at the least because of his versatility in being able to play in both full-back positions with equal confidence.

“If Chelsea were willing to sell, the front runners would be Atletico Madrid although they have recently cooled on the idea, turning their attentions instead to Croatian full-back Sime Vrsaljko, who will soon confirm that he is moving to the Spanish club.

“There are, however, a host of clubs and top-flight managers that would love to see the Pamplona-born defender join their ranks, like Unai Emery who is, as we write, on the verge of taking over from Laurent Blanc at PSG.

“Of course, if he would like to go back to his roots, Athletic Bilbao and Ernesto Valverde would also be pleased to see him, qualifying as he does via his place of birth to play for the Basque side.

“Bayern Munich are also known to have made an inquiry and his ambidextrous qualities are also much sought-after by Barcelona. In truth, the player that Barcelona really want is Hector Bellerin and they still think they have a chance of taking him from under Arsenal’s nose.

“Unfortunately, for them, Arsenal have made it abundantly clear that Bellerin is going nowhere, at any price, hence Barcelona’s plan B which involves Azpilicueta.”

Azpilicueta moved to the West London club for a reported fee of £7 million and has won Premier League and Europa League titles during his time with the club.

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