Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has claimed that Barcelona are trying to speed up talks for the Spanish international. “Barcelona and Chelsea are in direct contact with latest round of talks now scheduled to debate about Cesar Azpilicueta,” Romano tweeted. “Barca need to speed up the negotiation. Azpi, waiting for club’s agreement as Barca contract proposal is into his hands since March: deal until 2024.”
One player with Premier League experience that has joined Chelsea this window is Raheem Sterling, who sealed a £47.5million deal from Manchester City and the England star has even been tipped to exchange Azpilicueta as club captain. “I feel Raheem Sterling should go in at Chelsea and develop into the captain,” Trevor Sinclair told talkSPORT.
“In case you have a look at it, he’s vice-captain of England and the one one who you’ll be able to say has more experience than him is Thiago Silva and he’s getting on. You possibly can’t construct your team around someone who is perhaps leaving at the tip of the season.”