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Barcelona plan to secure deals for Chelsea duo

Barcelona are looking to secure pre-contract deals for Chelsea duo Cesar Azpilicueta and Andreas Christensen in the coming days, according to Sport.

The Catalan giants had a busy winter transfer window where their primary focus was on bolstering the attack. Ferran Torres, Adama Traore and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang joined them alongside Dani Alves.

They are now aiming to reinforce their backline, and it is reported that the hierarchy have verbally agreed a three-season deal with Blues captain Azpilicueta.

Talks with Christensen were put on hold recently, but the Blaugrana are now prepared to restart negotiations over a potential transfer this summer.

Both players have entered the final five months of their contracts. The La Liga heavyweights are keen to finalise a pre-contract deals for the pair in the coming days.

Azpilicueta has been with the Blues for nearly a decade, but he appears to be considering a fresh challenge elsewhere amid the lack of progress in contract talks.

The Blues tend to adopt a strict policy of handing one-year extensions to players aged above 30.

They are prepared to include a one-year extension clause in Azpilicueta’s case, but the Spaniard seems to be leaning towards a longer deal at the current stage of his career.

A move to Camp Nou could see him establish himself as the number one right-back, which won’t be the case with the Blues with the fierce competition from Reece James.

The 32-year-old was a regular on the bench recently before James suffered a lengthy hamstring injury. The club graduate should return at some point of time this month.

Meanwhile, Christensen was reportedly close to penning a new deal earlier last summer, but the renewal did not materialise after a sudden change in stance from him.

He has since changed his representative. His stance may have been triggered by the Blaugrana’s interest. The Dane is reportedly leaning towards joining them this summer.

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