The Spanish media continues to bring details of Cesar Azpilicueta’s agreement to stay at Chelsea.
Earlier today, we covered claims from journalist Gerard Romero, who made it clear that despite a long chase, Barcelona ‘will not’ sign the fullback this summer.
It was claimed that with the Catalan side asking Azpilicueta for time before going for the signing, the player took a decision to renew with Chelsea this morning and communicated that to the La Liga side.
Now it’s time for AS to bring more details on this story. They confirm that Todd Boehly made the Spaniard a ‘leader’ of the Blues’ defence by renewing his contract for two seasons.
The outlet learned from sources close to the negotiations that “Chelsea asked Barcelona for a price outside the market in all possible variants because they did not want to sell him”.
So why was Azpilicueta so keen on leaving and changed his mind?
According to AS, that’s because he had a ‘pact’ with Marina Granovskaia to move this summer. Since she ‘stopped having weight in the negotiations’ with the departure of Roman Abramovich, the situation had a complete turnaround with Boehly in charge, with the new owner convincing the player he’d be an important pillar at the club.
The right-back’s situation, however, has apparently nothing to do with Marcos Alonso’s. According to Matteo Moretto, the two cases are ‘totally different’ scenarios, as the left-back’s agents ‘continue working on his departure’, and Chelsea ‘are more open’ to his move to Spain, as Barça continue being his priority.