Caesar Azpilicueta's signing for Barça looming close to culmination

Caesar Azpilicueta's signing for Barça looming close to culmination

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The clubs have almost reached an agreement, with Chelsea set to release him if they sign Koundé now, and FC Barcelona hope for everything to be solved so he can join their team in the US

César Azpilicueta is just one step away from becoming a new Barça player, the Spanish club is closing in on a deal with Chelsea for the transfer, at the cost of five million euros with some variables included. The contract with the player is for two seasons plus an optional one based on performance, but given his quality, the defender will practically have three years guaranteed.

Barça are waiting for a change in the player's status quo, who is currently blocked, but if Chelsea manage to bag the signing of Jules Koundé, the whole process will be fast-tracked. Barça signing Azpilicueta is guaranteed nonetheless, with only the timing being delayed with Chelsea needing to find a replacement. The English club already gave Azpilicueta the green signal to leave in a few days while they await reinforcements to their defence, and the full-back has been a complete professional, participating in both their training sessions and matches.

The move is practically sealed, but Barça are now hoping that the defender will be able to join them for the second half of the American tour. Also, Marcos Alonso's case will be resolved as well over the next week, which remains a top priority for both Xavi and the suits at FC Barcelona, but the negotiations here are not too urgent, and a final agreement with the player and Chelsea is still pending. Despite competition, Barca remain confident about closing the deal in the coming days. If Marcos Alonso signs, Baldé will likely go out on loan for a season, for whom there is no shortage of offers.

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