Barcelona are pushing Cesar Azpilicueta to hand in a transfer request to hasten a potential move from Chelsea to the Nou Camp this summer.
Chelsea captain’s contract at Stamford Bridge expires next year but the player want to return home.
Dailymail claim that the 32-year-old, who has won every major European and domestic trophy during his decade at Chelsea, is believed to be reluctant to ask club chiefs to allow him to leave.
According to The Sun, Azpilicueta is coming under increasing pressure to push for a move as Barcelona are hoping to bring him to the Nou Camp in time for the start of pre-season training next month.
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel is set to hold talks with Azpilicueta regarding the player’s future.
Barcelona is looking for a replacement for outgoing Dani Alves, who has confirmed he is leaving for a second time and may pursue other options if they cannot convince Azpilicueta to depart.
Andreas Christensen has already left to join Barcelona, while Antonio Rudiger has signed for Real Madrid.
Azpilicueta has also reportedly been mentioned in Barca’s talks with Chelsea over their interest in wonderkid Alejandro Balde.
Chelsea are interested in signing Balde, 18, and Barca could use the player as bait in potential deals for Azpilicueta and team-mate Marcos Alonso.
Adapted from Dailymail.