Report: Diego Simeone wants £150k-a-week Chelsea player at Atletico now, Blues may sell this month

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone reportedly wants to sign Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta.

According to AS, Spanish club Atletico will want to bring in a replacement for their current defender Kieran Trippier if he leaves to join Newcastle United.

It is understood that Azpilicueta is a “favourite” option for Atletico’s manager to replace Trippier, so he’s being considered as a transfer target for them.

The report explains that Chelsea may be open to discussions this month about selling Azpilicueta. With the £150,000-a-week star’s contract due to expire at Stamford Bridge this summer, the Blues could at least make some profit on him if he’s sold in January.

It was reported in December that Azpilicueta, 32, wants to sign a fresh deal at the Bridge. However, we’ve now reached January without an update on his contract situation, so clubs abroad are now free to negotiate with him.

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Current state of Chelsea defence

Thankfully, Blues supporters received good news with Thiago Silva signing a new contract yesterday.

That leaves Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen as three of the club’s centre-backs that are all still out of contract at the end of the season.

Trevoh Chalobah is someone you’d expect to be around next campaign as a centre-half option. Also, emerging talent Levi Colwill is definitely a youngster to keep an eye on given how well he’s playing out on loan with Huddersfield Town.

If Azpilicueta does exit, though, he’s going to leave a mammoth gap in the squad.

His versatility to play wing-back and centre-back is so valuable, plus he’s the leader of the group as club captain.

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