Chelsea Look to Agree Deal to Sign £8m Spaniard Within 48 Hours

Marseille man set for Stamford Bridge move.

Chelsea hope to agree a deal for Marseille right back Cesar Azpilicueta in the next 48 hours.

The clubs have resumed talks following the weekend fixtures and expect to agree a fee between £6.5million and £8m for the Spain defender.

The 22-year-old will provide competition for Branislav Ivanovic, who prefers to play in central defence.

SOURCE: Daily Mail

Given the sums that Roman Abramovich has spent this summer the upping of an earlier bid, even to £8m, would seem very plausible. The Chelsea owner is willing to once again put his money where his mouth is in order to improve a squad that finished 25 points off the title pace last term.

Chelsea certainly need a new right-back having released Jose Bosingwa and with Roberto Di Matteo seemingly preferring to use Branislav Ivanovic in his preferred centre back position, and a move for Cesar Azpilicueta would be a sensible one to make this summer.

With Marseille apparently happy to consider offers for the Spaniard, who may feel a high profile move to Stamford Bridge could help his garner a first senior national team cap, a move to West London has taken a step closer.

Chelsea have spent upwards of £65m to bring Marko Marin, Eden Hazard, Thorgan Hazard and Oscar to the club during the current transfer window as Blues owner Roman Abramovich looks to build on last term’s Champions League triumph.

22 year old Pamplona born Azpilicueta moved to Marseille from Osasuna two years ago and has proved a consistent force on the right hand side of the Ligue 1 side’s defence.

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