Chelsea have determined RB Leipzig’s Josko Gvardiol as their ‘number a person candidate’ to substitute Cesar Azpilicueta this summer time.
Azpilicueta has been linked with a shift to the Nou Camp for some time and has reportedly agreed personal terms with the La Liga giants.
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Sport (by way of Activity Witness) anticipate the Spain international’s tranfer to be concluded in ‘a make a difference of days’, but will not transpire until eventually Chelsea have lined up a replacement.
Thomas Tuchel is reported to want a player with related flexibility to Azpilicueta, who can play at centre-again, or entire-back.
And which is what has attracted the Blues to Gvardiol, who is primarily a centre-again, but has also usually performed at left-back for Dinamo Zagreb and then Leipzig, subsequent his £17m move to the Bundesliga side very last summer months.
Tuchel doesn’t want to eliminate his club captain but it is thought the club are resigned to his departure with the 32-calendar year-aged very keen on a spell at Barcelona following various cellular phone phone calls with supervisor Xavi.
Chelsea will permit him to leave if they convey in a replacement and Activity declare they’ve discovered Gvardiol as their ‘number 1 candidate’, including that he is viewed as the ‘ideal signing’ for Chelsea.
It is worthy of noting that Gvardiol would not be a immediate substitution for Azpilicueta, offered they enjoy on opposite sides of the pitch, this means the 20-year-outdated is most likely extra of an choice for Marcos Alonso, who has also been joined with a transfer to Barcelona from Stamford Bridge this summer season.
The Croatia intercontinental is valued at £31.5m by Transfermarkt, but the report claims Chelsea are hopeful of luring him from Leipzig for ‘less money’ this summer months.
Meanwhile, Chelsea striker Armando Broja will ‘clarify his upcoming very soon’ as he flies back to England with several clubs pushing to sign him.
He’s been connected with golf equipment in Italy, like Napoli, though Newcastle, Everton and Southampton have all reportedly sounded Chelsea out over a feasible long-lasting deal.
And Soccer.London correspondent Adam Newson verified that the Albania international will now fly again from Chelsea’s US tour as he and the club take into account provides.
West Ham are most likely the facet most greatly linked with Broja as they appear to finish their extended lookup for a new striker, with a report around the weekend saying the Hammers ended up established to lodge a £100m triple swoop of Broja, Gianluca Scamacca from Sassuolo and Lille’s Amadou Onana.