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Chelsea captain Azpilicueta ‘agrees deal in principle to join Barcelona on free transfer’ after nine years at Blues

CHELSEA star Cesar Azpilicueta has agreed a deal in principle to join Barcelona at the end of the season, according to reports.

The Spaniard’s Blues contract is set to expire at the end of June.

Cesar Azpilicueta’s contract is set to expire

Azpilicueta, 32, remains captain at Stamford Bridge.

But his time in West London is about to come to an end, according to Calciomercato reporter Rudy Galetti.

He claims that cash-strapped Barca have struck a deal with the right-back to join Xavi and Co next term.

The Catalan giants have been eligible to negotiate with Azpilicueta since he entered the final six months of his Chelsea deal on January 1.

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Galetti adds that, barring any ‘sensational twists’, Azpilicueta will be a Barcelona player next season.

The Athletic’s Liam Twomey disagrees, however, asserting that ‘nothing is decided’ yet regarding the veteran’s future.

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Although Twomey does confirm Barca’s interest in signing the Blues stalwart.

Azpilicueta has made 456 appearances for the Blues since joining from Marseille in 2013.

In that time he has won two Premier League titles, the Champions League, FA Cup, League Cup and two Europa Leagues.

Xavi’s side are also interested in signing Andreas Christensen when his Chelsea deal expires in June.

Thomas Tuchel’s side remain vulnerable to losing fellow defender Antonio Rudiger upon the expiration of his deal this summer.

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Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger are both set to be out of contract in the summer

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