Barcelona are reportedly keeping a close eye on Cesar Azpilicueta‘s situation at Chelsea, with the Spain international potentially available on a free transfer next year.
The 32-year-old remains a key player for the Champions League holders, making 13 appearances in all competitions this season, contributing three assists in the process.
The defender’s contract at Stamford Bridge is due to expire next June, though, and as it stands, Barcelona would be able to enter into discussions with the Spaniard at the start of 2022.
According to ESPN, Barcelona are monitoring Azpilicueta’s situation, with the club’s new head coach Xavi particularly keen to bring the experienced defender to the club on a free transfer.
The report claims that Xavi is attracted by the Spaniard’s versatility, while the incoming manager believes that his countryman’s age and experience would boost a youthful backline at Camp Nou.
Azpilicueta, who is said to be in negotiations with Chelsea over an extension, started his professional career with Spanish outfit Osasuna before moving to Marseille in 2010 ahead of a switch to Chelsea.