Barcelona manager Xavi has promised Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta that the Catalan giants will continue their pursuit of the Spaniard, in line with El Nacional.

This despite the expected arrival of 23-year-old Jules Kounde, with the Frenchman set to arrive at the Nou Camp.

Barcelona had argued with Chelsea for the Sevilla defender but appear to have won the race.

Azpilicueta, 32, has been a target for Xavi’s side and their pursuit of the veteran defender won’t stop after Kounde’s signing.

The aforementioned report claims that Xavi communicated to Azplicueta that the La Liga giants will still try to sign him this summer.

The former Olympique de Marseille defender seems to be Barca’s next priority after the signings of Kounde, Robert Lewandowski and Raphinha.

Andreas Christensen has also arrived from Stamford Bridge as a free agent alongside former AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie who also joins on a free.

Azpilicueta is keen on a move to Barcelona but doesn’t want to end his relationship with Chelsea on a sour note.

Therefore, the versatile defender can’t submit a transfer request but would rather see if the Blaugrana can agree a deal for his services.

Blues boss Thomas Tuchel appears to be put off doing business with Barca due to their current dealings in the transfer window.

German is quoted by fabrice romano as saying about the Azpilicueta situation:

“Maybe I’m a bit bored with Barca. But I’m doing my best for Chelsea. I told Azpilicueta that, he doesn’t like it – but he understands. It’s hard for him because the other club [Barça] is permanently on him.”

The Spaniard still has one year left on his current contract with the Blues. He made 47 appearances last season, scoring 3 goals and providing 3 assists.

While at Stamford Bridge, he won the UEFA Champions League and two Premier League titles as well as the FA Cup and League Cup.

Barcelona could lure Cesar Azpilicueta’s Chelsea teammate Marcos Alonso to Camp Nou

The Blues' defensive duo could both arrive at Camp Nou
The Blues’ defensive duo could both arrive at Camp Nou

Marcos Alonso is another Chelsea player linked with a move to Barcelona.

Reports claim that the Spanish left-back is set to join Xavi’s squad this summer as personal terms have been agreed with the player.

Alonso, 31, impressed for the Blues last season in the absence of usual starting left-back Ben Chilwell.

The Spaniard has made 46 appearances for Thomas Tuchel’s side, scoring 5 goals and providing 6 assists.

With Tuchel seemingly unimpressed with the Blaugrana’s pursuit of Azpilicueta, it remains to be seen if a deal for Alonso can cross the line.

Like Azpilicueta, he has one year left on his current contract at Stamford Bridge.

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