Barcelona are not done with Chelsea just yet and could complete a summer of torment by landing their captain Cesar Azpilicueta.
The LaLiga giants have already pipped the Blues to five deals this summer, following the hijacking of defender Jules Kounde from Sevilla.
Earlier this summer, Chelsea thought they had secured the signing of Raphinha from Leeds, only for Barca to beat them to that deal as well.
The Catalans also snapped up free agent Andreas Christensen, who opted for the Camp Nou instead of a new contract at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea were hoping Ousmane Dembele might head in the opposite direction when his Barca contract expired, but the French forward ended up agreeing to fresh terms.
And Robert Lewandowski snubbed interest from the Premier League side to join Xavi’s revolution in Spain.
Now, transfer expert Fabrizio Romano claims Barca will push to sign Azpilicueta in the coming days, with the 31-year-old keen on the move.
Barca and Chelsea have never been overly fond of each other, following numerous hostile meetings in the Champions League over the last 17 years, and Blues boss Thomas Tuchel admitted being ‘a bit annoyed’ by the Spanish side this summer.
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His comments came amid Barca’s pursuit of defender Azpilicueta, who Chelsea cannot afford to lose amid their shortage of defenders.
“It’s a tough question because I’m not sure if I want to give Azpi what he wants,” Tuchel said.
“At some point it is about what we want. I just made the comparison about how much we fought for Koulibaly, who is a national team player and roughly the same age.
“He is a hugely important player for Napoli but we have a Spanish international who is the captain at Chelsea.
“I see him maybe at the same level but Barcelona don’t see him on that level. So I am not sure if I want to give him what he wants as he is a huge player.
“We don’t think so much about other clubs. The focus is on us and what we need.
“I said that to him and I say it to you that I understand on a personal and a career level. But I am not the only one in this role to give him what he wants. I am a manager for Chelsea who wants to do what’s best for Chelsea.
“He doesn’t like it, but he understands. It is tough for him because the other club is permanently on him. On September 1 when things calm down, then he can play at his highest level.”
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