‘Contract offer on the table’ – Reporter drops worrying exit request on 36-cap Chelsea favorite

Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta could be persuaded to leave thanks to Barcelona’s on-the-table ‘longer contract’ offer, journalist claims Paul Brown.



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The 32-year-old has entered the final six months of his current deal with the Blues and has so far failed to put pen to paper on new terms, opening the door for a summer exit.

What is the latest news about Azpilicueta?

Azpilicueta has become a mainstay in Chelsea’s backline since arriving from Marseille in 2012, claiming an abundance of silverware during his time with the capital club, including a Champions League crown and two Premier titles. League.

However, the 36-cap Spain international’s stay at Stamford Bridge could be coming to an end as negotiations have so far failed to result in a deal.

According to the Daily Mail, a major issue in the negotiations is the length of contract Chelsea are willing to offer their long-serving captain.

The Stamford Bridge side have a policy of only offering players more than 31 one-year renewals, while Azpilicueta seek more stability, which potential suitors Barcelona are ready to offer him.

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Well-known transfer and report expert fabrice romano revealed that the Blaugrana have offered a two-year contract with the possibility of extending for another season.

He also claimed talks started in December but Barca are still waiting for Azpilicueta to make a ‘final decision’ while Chelsea remain hopeful he will stay put and commit his future to the club.

What did Brown say about Azpilicueta?

Despite the lingering uncertainty surrounding the versatile star’s future, Thomas Tuchel has continued to feature him regularly, with Azpilicueta making 31 appearances in all competitions this season.

Nonetheless, Brown believes the security of a potential three-year spell at Camp Nou could be enough for Azpilicueta to end his 460-game career at Chelsea.

He told GiveMeSport: “You have already has a contract offer on the table from Barcelona, ​​and it’s a good one. It’s a longer deal than he’ll get at Chelsea, and if anything is going to persuade him to leave, it’ll be it.

Would Azpilicueta be a big loss?

Azpilicueta is set to lead his side to Wembley this afternoon as they attempt to add a second League Cup to their trophy collection.

And his underlying numbers indicate his performance levels haven’t dipped despite entering the twilight zone of his career.

The 5ft 8in ace has averaged 2.4 tackles, 2.7 clearances and 0.5 blocks per league game throughout 2021/22, ranking him in the top four for every metric among his colleagues of Chelsea, according to WhoScored.