Report: If Azpilicueta leaves, Chelsea will make move for 'perfect' wing-back, whose asking price has dropped

Chelsea could reportedly be ready to make a move to sign Lens defender Jonathan Clauss.

According to the Evening Standard, Chelsea are going to be in the market for a new wing-back if Cesar Azpilicueta leaves Stamford Bridge this summer.

It is explained Azpilcueta’s agreed a two-year deal to join Barcelona, but the Spanish club are yet to pay the £7million to actually get him.

The report says Clauss is someone on Chelsea’s radar to replace him if he goes.

However, Manchester United are ready to compete for his signature and have even made an approach for the Lens 29-year-old full-back.

The Evening Standard claims that Clauss would cost £8million to prize away from his French club. Therefore, the asking price has dropped from the £10million that was reportedly quoted earlier this week.

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Bargain Jonathan Clauss

Previously described as “perfect” by Lens manager Franck Haise, Clauss is a potential snip at just £8million.

He’s an attack-minded right wing-back that enjoyed an excellent individual season last year, scoring five goals and making 11 assists during the Ligue 1 season.

On paper, it looks like he would be an ideal understudy to Reece James at Stamford Bridge next season.

The France international could slot seamlessly into Thomas Tuchel’s system on the right flank, so this transfer looks like a no-brainer. There’s now the added complication of Man United interest, though.

Azpilicueta would be a major miss due to his leadership, consistency and versatility in defence. However, there’s a lot of excitement around the new era that’s starting.

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