On Monday, AS stated Atlético Madrid manager Diego Simeone has identified Chelsea star César Azpilicueta as his ‘favourite’ target to replace Kieran Trippier, who is set to join Newcastle United in the winter market.

It was also reported the La Liga winners hope to sign the defender in the ongoing window.

The 32-year-old has less than six months left on his contract at Stamford Bridge and is of interest to Barcelona. The Catalan club are planning to secure his services on a free transfer in the summer.

Wednesday’s edition of Mundo Deportivo has a report titled: ‘Atlético could leave Barça without Azpilicueta’.

Both the La Liga sides have the Spain international on their agenda because of his ability to operate on the right side of the defence and as a centre-back.

The wish of Thomas Tuchel’s man is to return to his country and the newspaper states Los Rojiblancos ‘would do everything possible to sign him’.

The report adds it will be difficult to carry out a deal in January since he is a vital figure for the Blues. Reece James’ latest injury setback makes any potential operation is close to impossible.

A potential deal this month ‘depends on several factors’, but Mundo have not detailed any of them.

Azpilicueta has three options on the table; join Atlético, Barcelona or renew his contract with Chelsea. Mundo add he ‘will have to decide in the coming days’.