With so many rumours and reports floating around the internet, the Manchester United fans in the Transfer Tavern have been desperately scouting for an expert piece of analysis.
When they found it, boy did it not disappoint.
According to Sky Sports’ Gulliem Balague, the Red Devils ARE indeed interest in a shock move for Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta this summer.
The Spaniard was a stalwart under United boss Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge, emerging as one of the pillars he built his title success around in the 2014/15 campaign.
Rather amazingly, there had been suggestions that incoming Blues chief Antonio Conte would be willing to part ways with the 26-year old defender upon his arrival at Stamford Bridge.
Balague also insists a number of top European clubs retain an interest in the La Roja star, including the likes of Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain.
While the West London giants are understood to be open to the prospect of a sale this summer, United’s standing as direct domestic rivals could well muddy a potential deal going forward.
”If Chelsea were willing to sell, the front runners would be Atletico Madrid, although they have recently coolled on the idea, turning their attentions instead to Croatian full-back Sime Vrsaljko, who will soon confirm that he is moving to the Spanish club”, wrote the La Liga expert.
“There are, however, a host of clubs and top-flight managers that would love to see the Pamplona-born defender join their ranks, not least Unai Emery who is, as we write, on the very verge of taking over from Laurent Blanc at PSG.”
“Of course if he would like to go back to his roots, Athletic Bilbao and Ernesto Valverde would also be pleased to see him, qualifying as he does via his place of birth to play for the Basque side.
“Bayern Munich are also known to have made an inquiry and his ambidextrous qualities are also much sought-after by Barcelona. In truth, the player that Barcelona really want is Hector Bellerin and they still think they have a chance of taking him from under Arsenal’s nose.
“And then of course there’s Manchester United now under the rule of Jose Mourinho. The Portuguese manager knows the player well but whether or not Chelsea would be prepared to sell Azpilicueta – at any price – to the club of their former manager and to a rival in England is another matter altogether. I very much doubt it
“Chelsea will however stick to their valuation primarily because they would be quite happy to see him stay at the club although they wouldn’t stand in his way if they received an offer that they felt they couldn’t refuse.”
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