Cesar Azpilicueta: Chelsea demand £7m to sell as defender agrees bumper Barcelona contract

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Cesar Azpilicueta: Chelsea demand £7m to sell as defender agrees bumper Barcelona contract
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Chelsea want £7million to sell Cesar Azpilicueta to Barcelona.

The 32-year-old has already agreed personal terms on a two-year deal with the Spanish giants, which will see him pocket a substantial pay rise compared to his Blues contract.

Azpilicueta will earn £11million a season before tax and has held talks with Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel and new co-owner Todd Boehly about making the switch.

Chelsea want to recoup the £7m paid for Azpilicueta when he joined from Marseille a decade ago, but there is a belief that further negotiations will see the asking price lowered.

Tuchel is reluctant to lose Azpilicueta after already seeing Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen leave for free, to join Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively.

However, with talks advanced to sign Manchester City defender Nathan Ake, the door should open for Azpilicueta to follow the pair to La Liga.

Cesar Azpilicueta has been at Chelsea for 10 years. (Getty Images)
Cesar Azpilicueta has been at Chelsea for 10 years. (Getty Images)

The Blues are also waiting on Barcelona's interest in Leeds forward Raphinha.

Chelsea’s £55m bid has been accepted by Leeds but the player favours a move to Spain, with Chelsea his second choice should an offer not materialise.

Discussions between Barcelona and Leeds continue but as yet an offer matching Chelsea’s is yet to be tabled. The 26-year-old will decide his future in the coming days.

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