Chelsea are keen to bring in a right-back during the summer to challenge Branislav Ivanovic for a starting role, as well as replace the already departed Jose Bosignwa, and it would seem as though the 22-year-old Spaniard is the main target for this position since the pursuit of Maicon went cold.
Marseilles want around £8 million for the player, according to reports, and we’re set to increase our offer within the next few days and I’ve heard £7.5 million touted as a possible bid.
Azpilicueta was part of Spain’s doomed Olympic team that was dismissed from the competition without scoring a single goal but we certainly won’t be judging him on that, although he does have an awful lot to learn and has a way to go before he can oust Ivanovic and become our starting right-back (should we sign him).
He’s a young lad and has time to improve on his games, and it’s definitely a position that we need strengthening in as Paulo Ferreira isn’t good enough to challenge for a starting role, Sam Hutchinson isn’t quite there yet since he battled back into the squad following retirement (you’d have to wonder if he’ll ever be fully fit too) and Todd Kane will need some time to mature. With the formation we play we will need the fullback to provide the sort of width Ashley Cole gives us on the left and although Ivanovic is solid, he isn’t a natural fullback and doesn’t give us the right balance.