The worst Chelsea fears seem to have been realised as Cesar Azpilicueta has agreed to affix Barcelona, in line with a report.
Efforts have been ongoing this season to tie down not solely Azpilicueta, but in addition Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen. As their end-of-season contract expiry dates have drawn nearer, concern has grown at Stamford Bridge.
And after the sanctions on proprietor Roman Abramovich meant no new offers may very well be handed out, the Blues have been left very susceptible.
It was claimed earlier at present that Rudiger will likely be signing a contract with Juventus this summer season.
And as per Football Insider, Azpilicueta has reached phrases to affix Christensen in heading to the Camp Nou.
They are saying an settlement in precept is now in place for the Chelsea captain to affix on a free switch.
The transfer again to his native Spain is predicted to be introduced as soon as the present marketing campaign has concluded.
It should deliver an finish to a decade-long spell in west London for the 32-year-old. In that point he has gained each main trophy attainable with the membership.
He has been an ideal servant and can be capable of provide an skilled head amongst a youthful Barca facet subsequent season.
Whereas the La Liga giants will likely be pushing to revive themselves to former glory, Chelsea at the moment are confronted with their anticipated defensive disaster.
The upcoming sale of the membership ought to ease their switch issues. Restrictions will hopefully be lifted quickly.
Nonetheless, they are going to want instant funds from whoever their new proprietor is to handle the deficiency of their squad.
Shedding three high defenders will likely be a tough tablet to swallow for Thomas Tuchel and a significant re-build of his backline will likely be required.
Predicted Chelsea workforce for M’Boro
In the meantime, the anticipated Chelsea workforce to face Middlesbrough may see Romelu Lukaku given a chance to impress.
Our author, Ciaran McCarthy, has had his say on the modifications which Tuchel may ring. The German has practically a full squad accessible to him to tackle the Championship opposition.
Kepa Arrizabalaga might begin in objective given he’s the designated cup keeper. Trevoh Chalobah, Rudiger and Malang Sarr look to be a attainable again three.
Saul Niguez and Azpilicueta may play within the wing-back positions. The midfield may even see Kovacic play alongside Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
The entrance three may see Ziyech return to the beginning line-up to hyperlink up with Timo Werner and Lukaku, who will likely be determined to get again into kind.
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