Atletico Madrid 'considering' move for Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta

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Atletico Madrid ‘considering’ move for Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta as they look to replace exit-bound defender Kieran Trippier during January transfer window

  • Kieran Trippier has been linked with Premier League return to Newcastle United
  • Atletico Madrid are now looking for a versatile defender to replace the full-back
  • Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta is out of contract at the end of the season
  • Barcelona though are also monitoring the Spanish defender’s availability 


Atletico Madrid are prepared to turn their attention to Cesar Azpilicueta as they begin the search to replace the exit-bound Kieran Trippier.

Trippier is likely to depart the Wanda Metropolitano this month, with a move back to the Premier League with Newcastle United looking most likely for the former Tottenham Hotspur right-back.

Diego Simeone’s side are already looking at replacements and the Blues captain has emerged as a prime candidate.

Atletico Madrid are reportedly considering a move for Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta

Atletico Madrid are reportedly considering a move for Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta

According to AS, Azpilicueta’s ability to play centre-back as well as on the right also make him a versatile option and he is highly rated by Simeone.

Like many Blues defenders, the 32-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season and from this month is free to negotiate with teams outside of the Premier League over a free transfer this summer.

However, Atletico’s needs would be immediate, and the Spanish side may need to make a bid for the defender to prize him away from Stamford Bridge.

Atletico boss Diego Simeone highly rates the defender who can play centre and right-back

Atletico boss Diego Simeone highly rates the defender who can play centre and right-back

The report believes Azpilicueta is unlikely to extend his Chelsea stay but that Barcelona are also keeping a close eye on his availability. 

Simeone is understood to prefer Trippier staying until the end of the season but Atletico have seen an opportunity to cash in on a player who is could leave for free next summer.

‘He is an extraordinary player, ‘ added Simeone. He is someone who has given us so much.’

Asked why he could be leaving in the middle of a tough season when the club are not blessed with reliable defenders he added: ‘there are millions of reasons you can think of’.

Atletico are already looking at potential replacements for Kieran Trippier this month

Atletico are already looking at potential replacements for Kieran Trippier this month

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