Report: Barcelona expect Chelsea to allow their duo to leave this summer
Barcelona expect new Chelsea owners to approve Marcos Alonso and Cesar Azpilicueta’s summer exits ahead of planned meetings, according to Marca.
The Spanish outlet claims that Barcelona already had contact with Alonso and Azpilicueta, but their pursuit of the two defenders will largely depend on the new Chelsea owners’ decisions.
Barcelona are also said to be aware of the planned meetings between Chelsea and the pair, which are expected to take place this week.
The Catalan club believes Chelsea will allow Alonso and Azpilicueta to make their own decisions this summer or at least set affordable price tags on the Spain internationals.
Marca also added that due to Barcelona’s financial issues, they are unlikely to be able to afford signing Alonso and Azpilicueta if Chelsea demand significant transfer fees.
After Azpilicueta triggered the automatic one-year extension in his contract, both players have one year left in their contracts at Stamford Bridge.
Alonso is reportedly keen on returning to Spain, with Italian transfer expert Fabrizio Romano recently claiming that he has already been in advanced negotiations with Barcelona.
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel previously said that he would try to convince Azpilicueta to stay at the club.
Under the previous ownership, Chelsea reportedly assured Azpilicueta that he would be allowed to leave, despite the contract extension, but the new owners are not obliged to honour such an agreement.
Having already lost Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger on free transfers this summer, the Blues would obviously want to avoid losing more defenders.