Barcelona are considering a move for Chelsea duo Cesar Azpilicueta and Andreas Christensen, Spanish report says.
The Blues’ defensive pair are out of contract at the end of the season, and have yet to renew their deals.
In January they are allowed to start negotiations for a free transfer abroad, unless they sign a contract extension.
According to Sport, Azpilicueta, 30, and Christensen, 25, are both keen to move to Barca, which the LaLiga giants are also interested in.
But it is claimed that no official offer has been made to the pair.
Juventus’ 22-year-old Matthijs de Ligt is said to be Barca boss Xavi’s favorite choice, but at that point it is far more expensive.
That means the club giants will soon be at odds with their cash-strapped owners.
Even less so now especially with funds when the club somehow funded a £55million deal for Man City’s Ferran Torres.
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Chelsea also face the loss of 28-year-old Antonio Rudiger, with the German also six months left in his deal.
And with Stamford Bridge raising concerns that the German will not renew, Real Madrid is a heavily linked option.
The Athletic say that contrary to reports in Spain, club captain Azpilicueta is ready to stop and fight for his place.
But Chelsea has long had a policy of only offering players with more than 30 one-year extensions.
Journalist Gianluca Di Marzio reported that Christensen could in the meantime strike a new deal with Thiago Silva.
The 37-year-old Silva signed from PSG for free in 2019 and was given a year’s time with an extension option.
It had begun, but Brazil is now set to sign another 12-month deal.