Is a right back the next stage of the Stamford Bridge revolution?
Roman Abramovich is ready to show his support for Andre Villas-Boas by sanctioning a Chelsea refit during the winter transfer window.
Marseille right-back Cesar Azpilicueta, who is likely to cost around £12million, is being lined up to fill a gaping weakness in the Blues’ defence.
The £7m signing of Bolton and England centre-back Gary Cahill, meanwhile, is expected to be completed in the next 48 hours at the start of a busy month that will see a revolving door policy at the club.
Initial talks with Marseille have been held over 22-year-old Azpilicueta, who is only third-choice at his position for star-studded world champions Spain but has impressed in his second season in French football after a £8m move from his homeland’s Osasuna in 2010.
SOURCE: Daily Mirror
Yesterday Chelsea were linked in the Portuguese press with FC Porto right back Jorge Fucile, but today it is Cesar Azpilicueta of Olympique Marseille.
Neither Jose Bosingwa and Branislav are exactly the kind of players Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas has in mind for his Blues side for the right back slot.
Instead, Dani Alves of Barcelona is the kind of athletic presence the Portuguese manager is thought to crave to cover the whole flank, though of course the Brazilian is unlikely to leave Camp Nou.
What might aid Chelsea’s pursuit of Azpilicueta is Marseille’s financial situation.
The French club’s head coach Didier Deschamps has admitted his team can only afford to look for loan signings in the January transfer window.
“We can’t invest. It’ll have to be a player who isn’t playing,” said Deschamps.
Selling their talented right back might bring in funds to strengthen Marseille elsewhere.
If Azpilicueta moves to Stamford Bridge, we can’t wait to hear David Pleat attempt to pronounce it.