Barcelona look to add entire new back four for free in the summer as Chelsea pair near departure


Barcelona are planning to raid Stamford Bridge for Chelsea pair Cesar Azpilicueta and Andreas Christensen as the Blaugrana look to revamp their defense on a budget.

The pair will form part of a wider plan from Xavi and co. to add four out of contract defenders to their side this summer, with Ajax fullback Noussair Mazraoui and Valencia left-back Jose Gaya also free to move on this summer.

Danish center-back Christensen is a key part of the Blues defense under Thomas Tuchel, having made 14 Premier League appearances for the London side this season before suffering an injury.

However, Barcelona are thought to be ready to offer the 25 year old center-back a five year deal to become the lynchpin of the Catalan side’s defence.

Azpi to follow?

It seems certain that Christensen will leave the club this summer, and Cesar Azpilicueta seems likely to follow, with Barcelona also having made a move for the Spaniard veteran in an attempt to lure him back to Spain.

The ball seems to be in the player’s court now, with a decision likely to be made shortly. Were Barcelona to add another four free agents to the four that have arrived in the last 8 months, it would represent quite the rebuild for the cash-strapped side.

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